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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

What is a phenomenon?


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What is a phenomenon? Here is my definition:


A phenomenon is something that can be perceived


I believe that every detail of experience is a phenomenon. Everything you can notice is a phenomenon. This includes every event, attribute, object, piece of information, thought, sense and anything else that can be observed.


What is the difference between a phenomenon and perception? I believe that a perception is the sense itself, while a phenomenon is the thing being sensed. For example, imagine that somebody watches a tree fall over. The phenomenon is the tree falling, while the perception is the sense occurring in the mind of the viewer.



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