Reality and all the objects in it exists completely independent of the mind. I call this objective reality. No observer can perceive objective reality directly. Perception is necessarily colored by interpretation, expectation, etc. We make up our own version of reality in our mind which is based on (part) of objective reality, let's refer to it as subjective reality. Some people here have argued that it is impossible to know whether objective reality exists because of it's own premises. I disagree. We know the senses aren't perfect. For instance, the eye can only sense a small portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. We also know that some animals can perceive more of the spectrum than we can. The same goes for all the other senses: smell, hearing, touch and taste. So we know, as an objective fact, that the senses can only sense a specific portion of objective reality. When our brain is fed this data it interprets it based on: - memory of previous experiences; - character, which is the product of in part genetic but mostly environmental circumstances in our childhood; - knowledge/believes; - immediate environmental demands. Then value is assigned to anything that is perceived according to above circumstances. And so we end up with our own version of reality; subjective reality. This is my view and I am convinced of it's correctness, but feel free to add or criticize. Discuss Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!