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[(1) I exist (see last post)]

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KEEPSANE cont.

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(2)  I can perceive.

(3)  I can feel.

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These 2 bedfellows reach out from (1).

  To see how they’re alike as well as different, use the DOOR.

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   (2)  I can perceive.

   We’re not just talking about “seeing” here though it includes that. Perception, as we will use it, involves using any or all of the senses. It’s the process by which we do science, or simply manipulate ordinary things using our eyes, ears, nose, tastebuds, and hands or other parts of the body to gather information. And we’re pretty clear about what parts of our bodies are at work in doing this. We will not use the word “feel” in this capacity (here in #2). And further, we will not use “perceive”–here–in any thinking process.

   With our five senses, as mentioned, we are able to gather, reliable or repeatable information that most people can agree upon. We can make records of this gathering that others can recognize, agree upon, and accept.

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   (3)  I can feel. 

   Here what we often think is automatic receiving of consistent information¹ from the outside world, as well as information from inside ourselves, is not the same for everyone, although many can agree that they are “gathering,” or receiving the same stimulation as everyone else. We are talking about feelings, attitudes, or dispositions such as fear, hope, pleasure, anxiety, pain², enthusiasm, despair, sorrow, joy, comfort, abandonment, ecstasy, relief, anxiety, and contentment.

   All we’ll say further here are two things: (a) Although reception of information from sense organs leads to personal recognition of such feelings and attitudes that we can roughly categorize, these can differ and vary widely in ways that are difficult to access and measure scientifically, though (b) they are nonetheless real, and are often considered the most real things that matter to humans.

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   ¹The world of feelings introduces the great divide between “true, reliable, verifiable science” and every other way of recognizing and accounting for and dealing with things that really matter.

   ² Pain of certain kinds of feelings can be expressed and measured numerically, but still with great variability.