“I do not in any way alter a thing by thinking about it. I can well imagine that a being with quite differently constructed sense organs and with a differently functioning intelligence, would have a very different mental picture of a horse from mine, but I cannot imagine that my own thinking becomes something different through the fact that I observe it. … Here we are not talking of how my thinking looks to an intelligence other than mine, but of how it looks to me. In any case the picture of my thinking which another intelligence might have cannot be a truer one than my own. Only if I were not myself the being doing the thinking, but if the thinking were to confront me as the activity of a being quite foreign to me, might I then say that although my own picture of the thinking may arise in a particular way, what the thinking of that being may be like in itself, I am quite unable to know.” ~Rudolf Steiner
We See What We Think
I think that most people today accept that our thoughts affect what we see. When Christopher Columbus landed in the new land, most of the native American could not see his ships anchored offshore. Hey could see the small landing boats, but not the ships they came from. Their mind could not conceive of such large boats, so they didn’t see them. Something similar is happening when members of certain Christian churches see Jesus in every rust spot or water stain that vaguely resembles a human face.
While the thoughts of those people limited or altered what they saw, those thoughts did not actually change the thing itself. At least that is what Steiner is saying. This seems to defy modern Quantum Physics.
It is claimed in Quantum Physics that the observer changes the thing observed. But what happens if the thing is observed simultaneously by two very different beings. Will they both see the same thing, which has been altered by their observations? Probably not. They each see something different controlled by their own physiology, beliefs and thoughts. That doesn’t mean there are two of the thing. It means that the observed view of it is unreliable. In neither case does it truly reflect what the object is. Continue reading “Thoughts Change What We See, Not What is Real”