Home_____Twelve Ways of Looking at A Rock

1) Until I look at it, a rock does not exist.
2) Until somebody else looks at it, a rock does not exist.
3) A rock exists even if nobody looks at it.
4) A rock participates in consciousness.
5) A rock does not participate in consciousness.
6) A rock is mostly empty space within a force field.
7) I am mostly empty space within a force field.
8) I am not a rock but my consciousness is a mere shadow, an epiphenomenon of physical processes.
9) I am not a rock nor is my consciousness a mere shadow because consciousness feels like something different than that.
10) A rock can be observed, just as my body can be. My consciousness is not publicly observable to determine if it is a mere shadow.
11) Dr. Johnson kicked the rock to refute Bishop Berkeley. I cannot refute him so easily, nor can I readily agree with him.
Then there is
12) Rocks are smarter than cats because rocks have enough sense to stay away after you kick them, says Zenon Pylyshyn.
"Alice took up the fan and gloves, and, as the hall was very hot, she kept fanning herself all the time she went on talking: 'Dear, dear! How queer everything is today! And yesterday things went on just as usual. I wonder if I've been changed in the night? Let me think: was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I'm not the same, the next question is, Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle!' " Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll


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