The thought experiments provide a glimpse into how perceptions are created and how perceptions are reinforced.
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Let’s start with four axioms.
1) Sensory data give rise to perceptions.
2) Perceptions form beliefs.
3) Beliefs create urges.
4) Urges compel action.
Keep these four axioms in mind as you read through the following two thought experiments.
THOUGHT EXPERIMENT ONE
Let’s say you never heard of the word, ‘chainsaw.’ Still, the word comprises two separate words you’re familiar with: ‘chain’ and ‘saw.’ You have an understanding of chains and saws and conclude a “chainsaw” combines a “saw” and “chain” in some manner. But, you don’t know its purpose and want to know. You see a film. It’s about lumberjacking. You learn a chainsaw is a useful tool. You’d like to develop lumberjacking skills, and you sign up for a course. Among the skills taught, you learn how to properly use and store a chainsaw. You’re aware a chainsaw is dangerous if used improperly. You recognize its dangers and understand its utility. You assess risks and benefits and decide to buy one. You are willing to take responsibility for it. As an autonomous individual, living in a free society, no one forbids you from owning or possessing it.