I apologise if I am interrupting something here but I have a question regarding (what I think is
) western philosophy-related and I figured the best place to ask about it would be on this thread.
What is the philosophical view called that was talked about in the first Matrix
film regarding the perception of reality as something relative to the individual that was created by sensory input? The impression I got from it was that reality (I.e. what is "real"
) is not absolute thing, and that it depends on the sensory information we recieve from our environment rather than the agreement of that assertion.
To bring up an example, consider lukewarm water. If an average person dipped their hand into it, the water would feel lukewarm. However, if someone who was sensitive to heat dipped their hand into the water, it would feel hot. If someone who was sensitive to the cold dipped their hand into the water, it would feel cold. So the water would not feel lukewarm to everyone. You could say the same thing about colour: my Japanese language professor once said that the reason why Japanese has the same word for both green and blue is because Japanese people see green and blue as essentially the same colour.
As a much more extreme example, I had a conversation with the rest of my family a while ago about perception and reality. The possibility was brought up that what one person sees might be completely different from what another person sees, in nearly all respects, and that the only reason why each of us gives that object the same name is because the people around us do the same.
In short, in many cases it may be said that maybe our senses are not lying to us, reality is. Maybe none of us are percieving true reality, but only a slightly altered version of it. Is this view some sort of perceptional relativity, or something else? Just wondering.