Instigator / Pro
25
1461
rating
11
debates
40.91%
won
Topic

Perception is Reality

Status
Finished

All stages have been completed. The voting points distribution and the result are presented below.

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9
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8
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3

With 4 votes and 1 point ahead, the winner is ...

That1User
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Philosophy
Time for argument
Three days
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Contender / Con
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1455
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What one perceives to be real is reality, as opposed to reality existing as one holistic objective entity
Reality is formed by the individual, every person lives in their own reality at the same time
This is counter to the belief that everyone lives in the same reality at the same
BoP is shared, Pro argues perception is reality, Con argues reality is objective
Reality: the quality or state of being real, the totality of real things and events (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reality)

Round 1
Pro
Reality constituents what is real
What is real is determined by an individual person first and for most
A person determines what is real by sensing, experiencing, and exchanging information
This first step in knowledge collection, sensing and experiencing, is perception, the individual perceives something as real 
Even in the exchange of information the mind determines what's true, the mind perceives what is real 
Since reality is what is real, and what is real is determined by perception, what one perceives to be real is reality

There are multiple people with multiple perceptions so there are disagreements on what is real and thus what constitutes reality. That leaves two possibilities, either everyone is wrong about the reality that they live in objectively (since they're so many differing views, no one agrees with someone else 100%, there's even disagreement at the individual level), or everyone lives in different realities simultaneously, with individual perceptions forming what is real, what is reality.  
Con
First I would like to define reality and perception, so we don't run into issues later on.

Reality: the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them.

Perception: the way in which something is regarded, understood, or interpreted.

The argument that perception of reality=actual reality is logically incorrect. For perception of reality to equal actual reality, there would have to be many realities, as every person has a different perception. But from the definition of reality, we must conclude that there can only be one reality, as there can only be one state in which things exist. It's not possible for you to be bald and have 3-meter-long hair at the same time. That would defy logic, as something cannot be two absolutely different things at the same time. That's the first issue with the idea that there are many realities.

A second issue is with evidence for your claim. For a hypothesis be proven right/wrong, there must be three things:
Your claim, which is what you're trying to prove.
Your expectation, which is evidence that either supports or disproves your claim.
Your conclusion, in which you conclude if your claim was right or wrong. 

By using this, you can determine if proving your claim is possible. If your claim is that rats can fly, your expectation would be to find a flying rat. But when you don't find any flying rats, you conclude that they can't fly. Without an expectation there can't be a conclusion.

You see the issue with your claim? You cannot pass from the expectation to the conclusion, because there is nothing to expect. There is no expectation, and therefore there cannot be any evidence for that perception=reality. To find the truth, you make a hypothesis and then see if events support it. How would anything support your hypothesis?
Round 2
Pro
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Con
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Round 3
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Round 4
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Round 5
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