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What is experience?

  1. May 23, 2004 #1
    What is experience? :smile:
     
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  3. May 23, 2004 #2

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    valuable in many cases, so long as one can draw some sort of learning experience from it.
     
  4. May 23, 2004 #3
    lol ... yes ... but what is it?
     
  5. May 23, 2004 #4
    It is a wonderful thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
     
  6. May 23, 2004 #5

    Kerrie

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    subjective proof?
     
  7. May 23, 2004 #6

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    What exactly do you mean by "what is it?" (And should I have put two question marks there?)

    I suppose you could say an experience is any temporally extended perception, perception being the awareness either of sensory input or introspective thought.
     
  8. May 24, 2004 #7
    lol...what is it?
     
  9. May 24, 2004 #8
    Im tempted by that def, but does it have to be a proof?
     
  10. May 24, 2004 #9
    I have a feeling this def. is missing something. Erm...can we define experience in terms of labels of experience i.e words? Is that 'ok' thing to do? Is being in a vegetative state- an experience?

    Is just being alive an experience?...therefore even if u dont have sensory input or thought you could have experience?
     
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  11. May 24, 2004 #10

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    Do two magnets experience each other?
    Does a leaf experience sunlight, wind, or rain?
    Is cell irritability experience?
    Does your tongue taste a lemon or do you taste it?
    Where would you draw the line?
    Happy thoughts
    Rachel
     
  12. May 24, 2004 #11
    I'm undecided. WOuld appreciate ur views on it though :D
     
  13. May 24, 2004 #12
    sounds like you got sum great ideas for new threads ;D
     
  14. May 24, 2004 #13

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    :wink:
    I meant the questions to point out that I don’ think there is *a* definition. There could even be several reasonable definitions, or several “levels” of experience.
    For instance, you could say matter experiences physical forces.
    You could say experience requires a chemical reaction, like photosynthesis.
    You could say experience requires a (functioning) nervous system, like that of a worm.
    You could say it requires consciousness, or a certain level of consciousness.

    Did you have a specific kind of experience in mind?
     
  15. May 24, 2004 #14
    No point. In any question put on this board, I've noticed that a sort of good etiquett to do a mental ritual-dance that entails a rangle over the definitions assumed in the question ... I'll let each person define their own ...
     
  16. May 24, 2004 #15

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    Hehehe... so you can dish it out, but you can't take it?

    From your comments about the definitions given by others, it seems you have *some* idea of what is experience. Can you give a tentative definition?
     
  17. May 24, 2004 #16
    No I cannot. It's only fair :D ... must stay neutral ... but not unenquiring ... what are your thoughts?
     
  18. May 24, 2004 #17

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    I don't think there is *a* definition ;)
     
  19. May 24, 2004 #18
    But of what value is that knowledge if it does not lead to better experiences?

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    An experience is a subjective state.

    Experience in a particular field is having adequate germane experiences (first definition) grounded in objective reality as to have gained the knowledge necessary for a certain task, or at least enough to put oneself well above the typical level of knowledge.
     
  20. May 24, 2004 #19
    Experience is the result of the stimulation of specific sensory organs and organelles in an organism by the environment. It includes internal stimulation via simple chemical reactions and/or neuronal exchanges and eventually the storage of experiencial information gained from the stimulus of the sensory input in the form of modified dioxyriboneucleic acid molecules and modified chemical and/or neuronal behaviors in response to the "experience" or similar experiences in quesition.

    That will be all! :confused:
     
  21. May 24, 2004 #20
    Let's define "An experience" as opposed to "Experience in a particular field".
     
  22. May 24, 2004 #21
    p-brane: "Experience is the result of "

    You are saying what experience is as a result of something else. Does it exist in itself? ...i.e... are those bio-chemical processes you describe the actual experience themselves or is it something 'after' that happens?
     
  23. May 24, 2004 #22

    loseyourname

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    No, but it is an okay thing to do. I don't see how we could write out a definition of something without using words.

    No. If you are not conscious, you do not experience.

    No, plants do not experience.
     
  24. May 24, 2004 #23

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    Stimulus/response is not experience. The awareness of the stimulus and response is experience.
     
  25. May 24, 2004 #24
    First of all, in answer to the "awareness" of stimulus and the "experience" of stimulus thingy............... awareness is awareness and experience is experience. Awareness is the ability to compare stimuli ie: distinquish between one stimulus and another. In order to be aware... one must experience... in order to experience one must be able to discern and identify stimulus.

    Take, for another example, the fact that we say this:

    "My my, this foundation has experienced some trauma. Look how the water has seeped into the cement and experienced freezing and thus, the cement has experienced some deterioration.

    In this example, is the cement really experiencing cracking and deterioration? Yes. This is confirmed by our observations.

    In this example, is the cement "aware" of the cracking and deterioration? Don't know. Ask the cement. As far as I know, cement does not have what we know as "awareness". But, just try and prove it! :devil:

    So, in shorts, my opinion is that it's not a pre-requisite to be aware of an experience in order to experience a stimulus or condition.
     
  26. May 24, 2004 #25

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    it is of value if you can offer your experiences to another person when you share your experience. it may not be as great of value as your own subjective experience, but it can help another.

    yes, experience is definitely subjective.
     
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