Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Roll Your Own Reality

September 2017 Bar Bulletin

By Larry G. Johnson

There was a time when “crazy” was defined as “being out of touch with reality.” But in an age of “fake news,” “virtual” reality and “artificial” intelligence, you may ask yourself, “What is real anymore?”

Plato and Jung thought reality was something ideal and objective outside of ourselves that guided our experiences of the world. On the other hand, postmodernists claim there is no reality other than the one each of us invents for ourselves; nobody has the authority to claim a superior version.

But physicists do the philosophers one better with the concept of a “multiverse” or “meta-universe.” There are, besides the universe that...

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