How many sides are there to a story, and is there such a thing as a universal truth? Our perception IS our reality, and that can differ from person to person. With this being the case, how do we determine what’s the truth? On this episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri embark on an engaging philosophical discussion about the nature of the universe, reality, religion, time, and limitations of technology.

Topics discussed include what constitutes a week, murder rates in Chicago versus New York, police deaths down in 2012, claim that part of Jesus’ manger are on display in a Chicago church, comparison between what the Bible says about Jesus versus what the Quran says, how many sides there are to a story, philosophical investigation into the nature of reality and perception, whether there are universal facts and truths, whether the universe is a creation of the human mind, whether observance is a requirement for the existence of a thing, multiple realities, and more!

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Segment 1

  • Discussion about the week being a segment of time such that planning life via work schedule could be made easier.

  • Comparison of the murder rates between Chicago and New York.

  • Discussion about police deaths being down 23 percent in 2012. These are all deaths, not just being killed in the line of duty.

  • More people were killed by police officers than police who died this year. Why are we not discussing that?

  • Discussion about tiny fragments supposedly from Jesus’ manger were on display in a Chicago church.

  • Discussion about whether Jesus really existed and whether the things written about him in the Bible and Quran are true.

  • Discussion about what the Quran says about Jesus versus what the Bible says.

  • Jesus is considered a prophet in the Quran, not the son of God.

  • Both texts say that Jesus was born of a virgin and able to perform miracles.

  • Both texts say that Jesus was crucified, but the Quran says that he survived the crucifixion.

  • Some people suggest that if you have different stories that intersect, then those parts of a narrative are true.

  • Discussion about the saying that there are two sides to every story. This is B.S. because there are infinite sides to every story.

  • Does an observer have to be there to constitute a “side” of a story?

  • Cheri suggest that there is a number of sides equal to the number of observers plus one–the additional one is what actually happened (for instance, if the event was recorded).

  • Continued discussion on how many sides there are to a story.

  • Discussion of a “universal” snapshot in time as a “side” of the story.

  • Discussion about whether there are fundamental facts and truths.

  • Does the universe exists if nobody is there to experience it?

  • Does the universe predate the existing of living beings? Is everything we observe a creation of our minds?

  • Does the universe exist independent of beings’ experiences? Does the existence rely on the consciousness?

  • If you say that the universe exists independently, then this lends itself to the notion of universal truths, and right and wrong in a moral sense.

  • Discussion about the inter-connectivity of the universe and the beings within it. Is the universe conscious of itself? The universe is itself is the consciousness.

  • For instance, if nobody is looking at the moon, the moon isn’t there. It is our “faith” that it is there, but we cannot say that it is there if it is not being observed.

  • Discussion about whether observance is a requirement for the existence of a thing.

  • Discussion about reality being what you know and observe at any given time.

  • Are there multiple realities?

  • If someone experiences something that is different than others’ experiences of the same event, are they experiencing a different reality? Yes.

  • Discussion about the limitations on technology capturing reality–for instance, a camera.

  • What does it matter what the universal reality is if your experience is something different? You will behave and react based on your reality and perceptions.

  • Discussion about the notion of an instant replay–like in sporting events–and this is not how things happened. Things happened in real time, not in slow motion.

  • Discussion about people having their own realities, including various examples for discussion.

  • Discussion about the limitations of technology and whether it should be relied on to tell us the “truth” of a situation.

  • Could the camera only capture one reality?

  • Further discussion on whether mechanical devices can be deficient on capturing multiple realities?

  • Discussion about the role of the individual’s memory on reality. Are people willing to rely more on the camera than on their own perception.

  • Discussion about dreams and whether that is “reality.”

  • Discussion about a person who had a premonition about a relative who died the next day. She certainly believes the premonition dream is real. Doesn’t that make it real to her–regardless of what other people think of the occurrence.

  • In the end, it doesn’t matter if other people think something is real if the person’s belief perceives something as real. They will respond to their reality.


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