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•  The Mystery of Matter
•  The World of Electrical Signals
•  How do We See?
•  "The External World" is Inside the Brain
•  Is the Existence of the "External World" Indispensable?
•  The World in Our Dreams
•  Who is the Perceiver?
•  The Real Absolute Being
•  Everything that you Possess Is Intrinsically Illusory
•  Logical Defects of the Materialists
•  The Example of Dreams
•  The Example of Connecting the Nerves in Parallel
•  There is no Scientific Evidence that Perceptions have Physical Correlates
•  The Formation of Perceptions in the Brain is not Philosophy but Scientific Fact
•  Conclusion


The Example of Connecting the Nerves in Parallel

Let us consider the car crash example of Politzer: In this accident, if the crushed person’s nerves travelling from his five senses to his brain, were connected to another person’s, for instance Politzer’s brain, with a parallel connection, at the moment the bus hit that person, it would also hit Politzer, who is sitting at his home at that moment. Better to say, all the feelings experienced by that person having the accident would be experienced by Politzer, just like the same song is listened from two different loudspeakers connected to the same tape recorder. Politzer will feel, see, and experience the braking sound of the bus, the touch of the bus on his body, the images of a broken arm and shedding blood, fracture aches, the images of his entering the operation room, the hardness of the plaster cast, and the feebleness of his arm.

Every other person connected to the man’s nerves in parallel would experience the accident from beginning to end just like Politzer. If the man in the accident fell into a coma, they would all fall into a coma. Moreover, if all the perceptions pertaining to the car accident were recorded in a device and if all these perceptions were transmitted to a person, the bus would knock this person down many times.

So, which one of the buses hitting those people is real? The materialist philosophy has no consistent answer to this question. The right answer is that they all experience the car accident in all its details in their own minds.

The same principle applies to the cake and stone examples. If the nerves of the sense organs of Engels, who felt the satiety and fullness of the cake in his stomach after eating a cake, were connected to a second person’s brain in parallel, that person would also feel full when Engels ate the cake and was satiated. If the nerves of Johnson, who felt pain in his foot when he delivered a sound kick to a stone, were connected to a second person in parallel, that person would feel the same pain.

So, which cake or which stone is the real one? The materialist philosophy again falls short of giving a consistent answer to this question. The correct and consistent answer is this: both Engels and the second person have eaten the cake in their minds and are satiated; both Johnson and the second person have fully experienced the moment of striking the stone in their minds.

Let us make a change in the example we gave about Politzer: let us connect the nerves of the man hit by the bus to Politzer’s brain, and the nerves of Politzer sitting in his house to that man’s brain, who is hit by the bus. In this case, Politzer will think that a bus has hit him although when he is sitting in his house; and the man actually hit by the bus will never feel the impact of the accident and think that he is sitting in Politzer’s house. The very same logic may be applied to the cake and the stone examples.

As is to be seen, it is not possible for man to transcend his senses and break free of them. In this respect, a man’s soul can be subjected to all kinds of representations although it has no physical body and no material existence and lacks material weight. It is not possible for a person to realise this because he assumes these three-dimensional images to be real and is absolutely certain of their existence because everybody depends on his sensory organs.

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