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?”