I’ve been bothered by something lately. Call it philosophical, call it crazy; I don’t know myself. But, I’ll just go out and say it. Does the stuff we see on a computer, TV screen, etc. exist? Is there really words here, or is it just an illusion the computer created? I know it’s really 1’s and 0’s, instances and absences of electricity, all in a sequence to look like whatever we see. But does that mean they are no more real than a hallucination? With a few simple movements, I can erase something, and there is no hint that it ever existed, if indeed, it even exists now.
I can look at a DVD, and it can seemingly contain a movie, but does it really? Does it really contain anything meaningful? I will never see anything in there. I can look as close as I want, and all I’ll see are pits and smooth spaces. Never can I look inside the DVD and see the movie or into the computer and see what I wrote or drew! The only way to make something real is to print it. Then, it certainly does exist. I am confused.
A Philosophical Duck