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Do humans actually exist or are we part of the imagination of some greater being? Do we imagine each other?

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Do humans actually exist or are we part of the imagination of some greater being? Do we imagine each other? If there is a great power capable of producing all things within its own 'mind,' and if this is indeed the nature of the universe, then this would be the only 'reality' in 'existence'. The world would be 'mind stuff,' this would of necessity include humans. However, it seems that this great power would have to impose laws on such a creation, 'natural laws' we might call them. ...read more.

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As we would all be products of this super power, then such a power could impose anything it chose on the world, including 'free will' for humans: or, if it wished to keep control then our lives would be 'determined.' Alternatively, if this super power was capable of producing 'actual' 'matter.' then it might create a 'material' world; everything, including humans, would be 'real' in the solid sense, real 'material' objects. It seems that this is the way you are using the term 'real' in your question. The implication being that things can only be real if they are out there in the world as solid objects. ...read more.

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In fact some philosophers, both materialist and idealist consider the abstract laws of mathematics, space and time, etc. to be more real than what are called material and mind stuff objects. Some of these are called 'rationalists,' who believe that things can be discovered about the real world, not only by direct perception, but by rationalising, cogitating (thinking) about things. Your second question by implication hints at 'solipsism,' the view that only oneself exists. Although a seemingly absurd proposition, it is still debated by philosophers. I wonder if it is a comfort to the solipsist to believe that he/she cannot really die, they just stop imagining, and it is the world that actually dies?! ...read more.

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