Explaining Idealism – George Berkeley

May 15, 2012

Good old George stood up in a room full of people and said to some extent this: Ideas are just the things that go on in our minds. Perceptions, imagination, thoughts.

 Everyone seems to be on board with the suggestion that, you know, ideas couldn’t exist without minds. Right? That seems straightforward, right? If no minds existed to perceive things, then how could anyone have ideas? If minds didn’t exist, what would feel the sensation of getting burned? Nothing.

Okay. So, uh, why do people think that shit exists outside the mind, too? How does that even happen? That shit does not make sense. Here are the things that we know exist: the things we perceive.

 Here are the things we perceive: the things that there are. That’s it! That’s all there is! Want proof? Watch this: try to think of something that exists without existing in a mind somewhere. Got it? Good. Gotcha bitch. IT’S IN YOUR MIND oh snap you just got told.