Sonia, I just ran across this article and want to thank you so much for posting it! What a breath of fresh air this is. I truly believe that a genuine desire to help others using our unique ideas and gifts is essential– otherwise what’s the point? It never felt right to me to fit into a business model that disregarded people- for years I felt out of place but I now realize that old outdated system is what’s out of place. Here’s to the idealistic “naive” people making a profitable difference in the world!
The issue that vexed Kant was central to what 20th-century scholars called "the philosophy of mind ". The flowering of the natural sciences had led to an understanding of how data reaches the brain. Sunlight falling on an object is reflected from its surface in a way that maps the surface features (color, texture, etc.). The reflected light reaches the human eye, passes through the cornea, is focused by the lens onto the retina where it forms an image similar to that formed by light passing through a pinhole into a camera obscura . The retinal cells send impulses through the optic nerve and then they form a mapping in the brain of the visual features of the object. The interior mapping is not the exterior object, and our belief that there is a meaningful relationship between the object and the mapping in the brain depends on a chain of reasoning that is not fully grounded. But the uncertainty aroused by these considerations, by optical illusions, misperceptions, delusions, etc., are not the end of the problems.