Very Little in Life is Actually Objective

In order to do something objectively, you must do it with an open mind, considering the facts rather than your personal feelings.  People experience emotions and that is part of life, as we are constantly attracted and repelled to certain stimulus, these feelings are pushing and pulling us in different directions.  Our feelings are interpreted by our brains, in an attempt to understand them.  The brain will retrieve memories, evaluate context and then create a coherent explanation, well at least coherent to the person involved in this scenario.  There’s no subjectivity in our physical perceptions, these are all “objective”, but they become subjective when our brains interpret our experiences.  If you could shut off your brain, then you could experience things objectively.  In my opinion objectivity and subjectivity is what separates robots from humans, but artificial intelligence has become a way of bridging this gap.

Ancient Greek philosophers were fond of the aphorism, “know thyself”, and this was inscribed above the entrance of one of the Temples of Apollo at Delphi.  Subjective experience is the quality of conscious experience by which we have the sensation or mental impression that events are happening to us as we are experiencing them.  A subjective experience refers to the emotional and cognitive impact of a human experience as opposed to an objective experience which are the actual events of the experience.  While something objective is tangible and can be experienced by others subjective experiences are produced by the individual mind.  This subjective experience will seem quite real to the person that is experiencing it and it will also be profound it cannot be objectively or empirically measured by others.  Let’s say you fell down and you are experiencing pain.  You can tell others where it hurts, but no one else can fully measure or feel your subjective experience of this pain.

Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question #14 revisited, which asks “Do you believe that anyone can really experience anything objectively? Why or why not?”

15 thoughts on “Very Little in Life is Actually Objective

  1. One doctor (or a law enforcement expert) said in court that what Chauvin did wasn’t force because it wouldn’t cause pain. That’s a stupid definition of force, but let’s just look at the pain aspect. Floyd was saying he was in pain and couldn’t breathe. Chauvin said, “Uh-huh” (like s-u-r-e) and that it took breathing to be able to speak. A robot sure would not be able to know what pain is. The closing argument of prosecution included the statement that Chauvin’s heart was too small.

    During this same timeframe, my mother has been in an accident. When I called the insurance company to let them know where the car is (after looking for more than a week), they indicated they were intending to pay others (without being able to figure out fault). I got perturbed with them as the police report hadn’t even come out yet, my mother hadn’t made a statement because she was in surgery, and no one had seen the cars. I also said they could look at her car and see she didn’t run into anyone.

    Lord have mercy, though. I shared this narrative with an aunt of mine who, a few days later, expressed to me basically the opposite as my point of view. She was telling me they couldn’t pay yet because they were still gathering evidence. Plus, she had passed on her misapprehension of my reporting on the conversation to a daughter. I insisted that my complaint involved them not waiting for evidence. She’d additionally taken the street name incorrectly from my mother.

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    1. The insurance companies make deals with each other all the time and it may be possible that both participants have the same insurance company. I guess the only important thing would be that your mother is OK. Call the police and let them know that you would like to have a copy of the accident report when their investigation is finished and try not to let your aunt get on your nerves.

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      1. 😅

        There was other confusion, earlier, and it was easy for a cousin (not this particular aunt’s daughter) to assume any and all mixups would be due to my mother. But I told that cousin it didn’t add up to attribute it all to my mother. Easy, but not accurate — when paying attention to all the details. I’ve been taking notes the whole time.

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      2. Marleen most people don’t understand me. Today I went to CVS and I pushed the cash back option for $20 and the clerk asked me how I wanted my twenty. I told her that anything was fine as long as I don’t end up getting one of those fake twenties like George Floyd had. I could see she had no clue what I was talking about, so I asked her if she knew who George Floyd was and she responded by saying she does not watch the news because everything makes her sad. I told her that she lives in this world, so she should try and understand what is going on and that requires her to watch the news at least a little bit of it. She handed me the twenty and I said that anyone could end up getting a phoney twenty and I would hate if that happened to me. There is a bit more to this story, but I probably already lost your attention, so this is where I am stopping.

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