Space and time don’t exist. Causation, cause and effect are figments of our imaginations. Our brains/minds create these concepts to help us make sense of the world around us. When we see something, light bounces off of it, into our eyes, our eyes record some signals, those signals pass into the brain and are turned into an experience of something. The thing seems like it is outside of us, but in truth, it is inside of our mind, it is an idea rather than a thing. In the 18th century, Immanuel Kant introduced the idea of transcendental idealism, today we look at how that idea relates to the experience of our dreams. In our dreams, everything is an idea, but in real life, we assume that isn’t the case, but how can we know? If everything we experience is an idea, then even space and time are ideas and not real things.
Space and Time Don’t Exist Notes
Metaphysics is the study of the nature of reality.
Immanuel Kant was a german philosopher from the 18th century, in his book “Critique of Pure Reason” he introduced the idea of transcendental idealism. This means, beyond experience and knowledge, and a world of ideas created or existing in the mind.
Subjects cognize objects not as they are in-themselves, but only the way they appear to us under the conditions of our sensibilities.
Cognizes -> perceived, know or become aware of.
Sensibilities -> ability to appreciate and respond to complex emotions.
Thing in itself -> objects as they are independent of observation.
Idea of the thing -> an observable fact or event, the experience of the thing by the person.
Phenomenon -> experiences of things.
Basically, we don’t experience things directly, but instead ideals of them in our heads.
Space and time don’t exist, causality and cause and effect don’t exist either, instead they are crated inside the mind.
How is this different from a dream?
Waking dreams -> things are consistent because of routine.
Sleeping dreams -> things aren’t consistent, the routine is turned off?
If space and time don’t exist, what does?