The assumption that what you are experiencing in time and space is the exact thing that another person is experiencing in time and space.
(This article goes hand in hand with “Universal Relativity”)
We spend all day assuming things. For example, we assume that a person in a car sees us as we boldly walk across a street. In the same sense, we assume that as we drive there isn’t someone walking across a random part of the street. All of our lives develop a sort of routine throughout the years without our knowledge. We go through the years assuming everything is exactly as we perceive it… Or is it?
(If you haven’t yet, read Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave,” or watch “The Matrix” sort of the same concept)
We are born and right away we are told what reality is. We really don’t get a choice to choose our own reality. Red is red, a dog is a dog. Since we all learn generally the same thing, we all believe that reality is the same for everyone. Yet, we are told we are different and everyone is special in their own way. So does that mean we actually experience things differently. It’s agreeable that we as humans do experience things differently. Things that cause great emotional harm to some people have no effect on others. Essentially, we are all our own little universe. With roughly 7 billion people people in the world, that’s 7 billion different universes and 7 billion different experience realities.
So what does that mean? When you are having a conversation with another person you assume that this person is understanding and experiencing the same exact thing you are. Well… In reality, you really can not prove this person is in fact experiencing the same thing as you. Just because said person reacts exactly as you expect it does not mean “on the flip side” this person is experiencing the same reactions and emotions you are. This is no fault on our own. We just spent most of our lives believing what we are told is true. Until we are shown a different reality, we assume this reality is the only choice. In actuality, my “red” might be your “dog,” I just perceive that we agree on the same thing because it is expected..
How to explain this scientifically?
The known universe is made of an infinite number of “particles.” (Think of particles as tiny, microscopic spheres.) Theses particles are constantly moving about, (yes even solid objects are made of moving atoms and particles) doing things expected by us humans, and this was the norm until an experiment was done. When watched or recorded particles do exactly what is expected. But, when particles are not recorded or watched, they do not move about as expected. They randomly move about the universe. Holy Crap! What we perceive in the universe to be reality is only reality because of what we perceive. (you can find this experiment explained on many different scientific documentaries and the internet, so there’s your reference.)
Essentially, as you go about experiencing the universe, you really can’t prove that everyone else sees the universe the same way you do. You really can’t prove that there is anyone else in the universe beside your self. You yourself could be the only entity in this reality, and everything else; people, animals, objects, etc. are just perceived and created by what you think they should be…
Until we as humans can transverse consciousness and different universes, we really can’t prove what one person experiences is exactly what another person experiences. Puts a whole different outlook on “walking in someone else’s shoes.”