Well if WE humans are real, then whatever we experience, should also be considered real...right?
Because think about it, everything else in this world besides us humans is LESSER in intelligence than us. There are living and non living things, out of all the living things, the creatures, humans are the more intelligent and adaptable ones of its kind. So anything below us, we have the ability to perceive, experience, overpower, and those lesser things and objects AFFECT us and can change our views, our lifestyle, our condition...then it is real.
Well then how do we prove that WE are real?
Well by these simple Latin words. "Cogito Ergo Sum".
Translated in English. "I think, therefore, I am."
We humans are able to THINK and understand things that we find complex or things we want to correlate to. We think to solve problems when we are in difficult or awkward situations. These practices emit 'feelings' and alter our emotions, so when we see these 'effects' being brought forth by ALL of these different types of causes, the EFFECTS that we see and think is the EVIDENCE that we, human beings, exist.
So now that we exist, everything lesser than us (every physical object of this world and universe), exists as well.
We humans are the only creatures or animals, lets say, with free Will.
Now I believe in a creator, a God, and it may not be the same case with some of you, but I am pretty sure that you cannot deny that there is NOTHING else in the universe (as far as our knowledge goes), is more intelligent than us human beings.
And if you try to THINK of something EXISTING that is more intelligent than us, then you are just creating more evidence for yourself that you YOURSELF exist, because you are thinking.
Not necessarily, i am often faced with manufactured or false experience on my path, in fact i would say that a great deal of human experience is unreal. i do believe in a hierarchy of higher intelligence as displayed in nature though, which i think bears similarity to the model you described. However i have not experienced this as a case supporting the reality of our experience, if anything i think that it strengthens the case against accepting our experience at face value. You say that we humans are the only animals with free will, i was wondering if you thought that animals had souls or spirits?
None of our minds are perfect, because we have free-will, we are able to make errors.
Animals, trees, plants, life, etc do have souls, but their souls are not in the state of complete freedom as compared with humans.
ALL animals and other forms of life are under the Will of God.
Can a tree stop producing oxygen? Can a seed refuse to grow its fruit? Can the Sun refuse to shine its light? Can a moon refuse to become a mirror for the Sun? Can the grass refuse to grow? Can the clouds refuse to bring down precipitation?
Of course not.
Everything that God created in this world, somehow, correlates with human beings. All the creations are USED by humans in someway for their benefits.
God created these things FOR us. This entire world is for HUMANS.
God has given humans free will, we have the choice to do whatever we want. How can God test us if HE is controlling us? He cannot, that would be hypocritical.
We exist, there is no denying that. I do not really even know HOW people can deny it, but wherever there is doubt, the truth always can be found.
Humans can try and force or dictate the will of others, but remember, NO human can alter a human's inner will or state of mind.
For example, I am a slave, and my slave master can beat me and whip me and force me to do all his work, the master can separate me from my family, and put me through tiresome troubles and hard labor. The master will always say that we slaves are not even human, and that we are meant to be serving the rich, and this master will always keep telling me that I am nothing, that I am supposed to be a slave etc etc.
But the master can NEVER change my OWN will, that I AM a human, and that I DESERVE to be a free man etc etc.
Another example, a person can FORCE another person to accept a specific religion, but that person who is being forced to accept that religion, he may physically accept it, but MENTALLY and SPIRITUALLY, they DENY that religion.
So humans only have power over your body, but do not have power over your spirit. This type of stuff still exists today, no denying it.
Remember, Free Will comes in many forms, our freedom can come in our actions, the way we act, you know, or the way we think, the way we speak, the way we worship, the way we feel towards other people and things.
Evil humans can try and force humans to try and do something, but they will never succeed, and God will punish them for doing this in the after life.
There is only one universe, to mention time as an example of this, basically like a long thread but instead of being stretched out lengthwise, it's knotted up and any infinite number of points along the timestream touch any infinite number of other points along the timestream.
i think it changes from moment to moment and place to place. Perhaps somewhere along the way a Chronoarchitech may have interwoven patches of silky materials, and other places someone may be fumbling around with numerous tangles of knots, maybe both from time to time.
perhaps, but i was gambling against the odds that your random lazyness might escalate into sleepiness or moreover might cause you to develop psychokinetic powers that you might employ to bring you food.
It would seem to be a simple proof by definition at the very least. What is "real" doesn't seem to be the problem. "How do we know what is real" is much more interesting. Especially since the world as revealed by our senses is merely a useful model of our environment and not an accurate representation of what reality is really like, which lies beyond our perceptions.
For example, colours are merely mental labels for data that tell us something about the wavelengths that different substances absorb, reflect and refract, but they aren't "real" properties that actually exist outside of our minds. Another example: we know that objects are composed of atoms that are mostly empty space, and filled with a probability cloud of electrons that obey the most esoteric of quantum rules. We know this to be true and can understand reality in this context. But to truly witness this, to know reality in this form as we do the familiar mental models, defies comprehension. We can't live in an unfiltered reality.
Well, actually I don't know that to be true, I can't know it. Though I suspect that would be the case. If we could somehow render someone's experience of the universe that way from a young age then we could test that proposition. They might learn to find it natural, though I don't know what alterations to the brain would be required to do so nor what effect on the development of the brain such perception would have. Idle speculation since there's no way to know, but you've got me wondering now.
Ah, but would they see words on a screen they can read, comprehend and therefore reply to, or witness only photons of various energies emitted due to recombination of electrons with electron holes in a patterned plane of gallium nitride semiconductor with a Y3Al5O12:Ce phosphor coating?