What are the chances that the perceived reality is by chance?
Given that sentient beings mostly perceive, and we were mostly born by chance and that our perception is an interpretation via the limited senses and experience and intellect and cognition, I would (by my conditioning . . ) say that we have agreed upon what constitutes reality as it is how we best know to survive and so chance is the major factor. As previous civilizations have `chanced` via the same senses upon similar agreed - upon realities it is unknown if there`s a less uniformly random `cause` although the religions do posit so, so....no - one alive who knows is coming forward as yet.,
You make the initial error of assuming that the ‘perceived reality” that you perceive is what everyone else perceives. O yeah, just so you know ..there are no accidents in Creation. What you think you know as solid is not.
1. There is no known example of non-causality (as = "chance"). 2. Kantian theory ("categories of understanding") posits a) things in themselves and b) these "things" shape ('in-form") our perception. Therefore, at the phenomenal level, there is no chance per physics' "big bang" geometrization of "Energy" (which is unknown, albeit oft-described in various manifestations, e.g. chemical, kinetic, etc.). Likewise, "if God," then Creation shapes, in-forms, perception. Herewith is a distinction between godless existentialism and God-believing; with godless phenomenalism, there is no chance; with God, there is said to be maya, energy-veiling (i.e., Man's departure from individuating Oneness in One Mind Soul); therefore, if God-veiled perception, it is not "by chance," but by mis-choosing (a la the fall from Eden).
Do you mean perceived reality is not really what underlying reality, really is? In some ways yes, in some ways absolutely not. Why yes? Because anyone, humans, animals or machines perceive the world through some sensory mechanism and furthe interpret them through complex neural mechanism. That creates a useful model of the world, suitable for the intended purpose. For example it doesn't seem to do any good to human to perceive the world at the quantum level, we just don't see electrons and quarks bouncing around. Because we don't need to. In that sense we will never have absolute access to reality. It doesn't even make sense. Why it does? Because at some level, all organisms or intelligent beings have to function in the world and have to correspond their behavior to functional aspects of the world. For example we all have to be able to perceive gravity. If we ignore it we won't survive. So in limited but important ways out reality of perception does correspond to the way world is. In the sense of its important functional effects on matter as would be judge s by completely independent information processing and intelligent systems.
Compared to the chances of the perceived reality being a function of your brain, pretty small
Andrew the Mullin
I agree wholeheartedly.
The odds that the universe is the result of cosmic chance? 50/50.