Cognitive Science

Cognitive Science

Thinking can best be understood in terms of representational structures in the mind and computational procedures that operate on those structures

Irreality

Dictonary Definition

unreality, irreality(noun)

  • the state of being insubstantial or imaginary; not existing objectively or in fact
  • As a small child, you sometimes live in a world where monsters might eat you up and magical things can happen (up until about 8 years old or so you actually believe magic is real; some people never outgrow this).  When you stop being a child, Santa Claus no longer exists and the bogeyman goes away.  
  • As a child, you are actually powerless, in a sense, as things just "happen to you", you have no sense of being at cause.  You actually begin to learn some power, though it does not seem like it, as you learn to use techniques of manipulating the big people to give you what you want - your life is about getting others to do for you instead of you doing for yourself.  
  • Somewhere in between you get rid of the super-ridiculous musings of a child and go into fairly ridiculous derivations that "look" (appear to be) more rational.  
  • For instance, some people believe their thoughts are real (i.e. the monster is real because I think it is).   Until you really know that a thought is just a thought, you will be the victim of the fictional world. A Thought Is Just A Thought, An Emotion Is Just An Emotion.
  • If something is real it actually exists, objectively, it is observable, provable.  It is based on a physicality.  Your arm exists.  A law of how things work exists in the sense that it reflects reality (how things actually work), a deduced fact based on observable occurrences.  If it is imaginary, it is simply constructed in the brain, just a "mental construct", not really in existence.  

  • If it is imaginary, it is simply constructed in the brain, just a "mental construct", not really in existence.  

     - http://www.thelifemanagementalliance.com/Philosophical/RealityAccepting/RealityDefined.html