It’s Share Your World time again!
Go see Melanie for the rules, prompts/questions, pingbacks, and artwork.
What is knowledge? The set that includes things you know that no one else does, things someone else knows that you don’t, things that you and others know about, and things that no one knows anything about.
How do you define consciousness (self awareness)? I decided to ask The Free Dictionary, and this was one of the things it said: "A sense of one’s personal or collective identity, including the attitudes, beliefs, and sensitivities held by or considered characteristic of an individual or group." Which I thought was a BS answer, specifically the "considered characteristic of an individual or group." Considered by whom, exactly? And what’s this "collective" identity? I’m me, regardless of what anyone ascribes to me as "characteristic." That’s the entire problem with this world today, people making assumptions about other people based on things that don’t have a rat’s ass to do with who that person is as an individual. To put it another way: I have pale skin and a penis, but any similarity between me and anyone else with pale skin and a penis is entirely coincidental. And I’d better get off this soapbox before I fall off.
Is it possible to prove that other people besides yourself have consciousness? In light of what I just said? No. Maybe they do and I don’t. Did you ever think of that?
Would you be able to tell if time had been altered in some way? Einstein said that time was invented to keep everything from happening all at once. Then there’s this:
Time gets altered all the time, with a "leap second" inserted into the day whenever it’s determined we need an extra second to keep our clocks in sync with what the astronomers say the time should be. And, of course, we have Daylight Saving Time and standard time, both of which are alterations in time. And most of this happens on more or less a schedule, without anyone noticing. Particularly me…
Do you like potato chips? I don’t hate them and eat them if they’re in the house, but I prefer pretzels. My favorite chips are barbecue flavored, followed by potato flavored (i.e. original flavor).
And, with that, I’m outta here…