So Heather, for you is "reality" ONLY that which can be "observed" by the senses (ie if you can't touch it, see it, smell it, hear it or taste it, it's not reality) ?
Ummmmm..... "reality exists independent of
Now THAT is an interesting idea Heather -
could you elaborate ?
That seems to me a form of philosophical
"Realism" (eg Moral Realism) ?
"I'm just saying that the universe exists
whether or not we observe it"
That's already saying quite a lot Heather.
Bill, as I see it, you are asking me to buy the idea that, when I dream, I am experiencing an illusion (a dream) while at the same time living a created illusion of the objective world in my own mind,
Sorry, don't buy it.
Maybe, maybe not Bill -it can't be proven either way - it's just a conjecture (theory/hypothesis) on your part.
My theory of dreams is that it is the mind's equivalent of bladder & bowel waste product - or the computer equivalent of 'clearing out the system of unwanted clutter' which slows everything up.