How do you know that your five senses show you the entire world?

EVERYTHING THAT I KNOW IS SHOWN TO ME THROUGH MY FIVE SENSES, SEEING, HEARING, SMELLING, FEELING AND TOUCHING; SUPPOSE THAT THOSE ARE DESIGNED TO LIMIT MY KNOWLEDGE TO THE PHENOMENAL WORLD IT SHOWS ME AND THERE ARE OTHER WORLDS THAT THEY CANNOT SHOW ME?

Ozodi Osuji

    Everything that I know or think that I know is through the auspices of my five senses, seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, feeling; they show me what is called the empirical world, the phenomenal world of space, time and matter.

    Now, suppose that there are other worlds that they cannot show me? This is the shortcoming of knowledge derived from empiricism, perceiving what is in front of us; whereas we can observe the phenomenal world, verify it, experiment on it and use science to understand it, and do technology based on that science, that still does not answer the question of whether there are other worlds that our five senses cannot show us.

     Mystics claim to have suspended their five senses and experienced the world of light forms and the formless light world of God.

     If one is not a mystic one does not have proof for those worlds and would be cowardly to accept them; all that one can do is have an open mind that many things may exist that given our methodology that perceives with our physical senses, we do not know.

      I am currently rereading:

Evelyn Underhill (1911/2006). Mysticism. New York: Dover Books.

     The lady is incredibly smart; her book shows erudition seldom found in ordinary human beings like me. She is a first-rate English writer; reading every chapter is like reviewing what you studied in philosophy (ontology, epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, beauty and so on).

     She delt a devastating blow to David Hume, August Comte and Saint Simon’s insistence on us relying only on our five senses in ascertaining what is knowledge. May be George Berkeley’s solipsism and Henri Bergson’s vitalism have a place in knowledge?

     Whereas we must rely on our senses we also know that our senses sometimes show us what is not there (illusions), thus, the need to question the stimuli from the physical environment picked up by our senses.

    For now, I am going to allow the logical positivist, empiricist and scientist in me to prevail. I am not going to do what Soren Kierkegaard suggested and make a leap of faith and accept what I do not see, God.

      I will limit myself to the world of the here and now and see whether it really can make a convincing argument that this empirical world is all there is to existence; I am going to suspend my judgement and accept Richard Dawkins barking that the clock was made by a blind watch maker, even though something tells me that there needs to be intelligence outside of matter, space and time to make that watch that he talks a lot about; I do not see how a monkey can keep banging away at a type writer and pound out William Shakespeare’s immortal plays!

Ozodi Osuji

April 22, 2022

ozodiosuji@gmail.com

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