3. Perception and Empathy
We have the experience or perception of shared experience and empathy. There is no way to know how similar our interior life, our individual consciousness or perception, is to another’s consciousness. Through the relationships we develop, we learn of similarities and dissimilarities through the gift of communication, relating ideas and events from our interior world, our imagination. In set theory notation we can call these individual consciousness sets IC with each individual person being an element with subscript i or ICi with i ranging from 0 to ∞, or however large the number of people there are. This number of people is understood to be the number of people from the beginning of time to the end of time (beginning to the end of our universe). We won’t digress into the possibility of parallel universes for now. Each person, IC, is made up of consciousness that may be described partly by individual experiences E, which could be infinite, but denote separate index from i that we may call j (for it’s index). E could be the experience of riding a bike. It should be said that experience is not as simple as the descriptor “riding a bike” but has many different values for the experience of riding a bike. Think about riding a bike for the first time without training wheels (j = n) and riding a bike to school later in life (j = m). If j is cataloged over time (it need not be), then in this case m >>n. For all j’s involved in bike riding the sum ∑j bike riding Ej is the subset for a person ICi of bike riding experiences. In other words we can call the bike riding experiences for ICi the sum of Ej=bike riding for that person.