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George Berkeley was an Irish philosopher His philosophical beliefs were centered on one main belief the belief that perception is the basis for existence In doing so he rejected the notion of a material world in favor of an immaterial world Berkeley felt that all we really know about an object we learn from our perception of that object He recognized that in the materialists view the real object is independent of any perceivers perception The pen on my desk would exist whether or not I was in the room to see it or have a sensory experience of it in some way Berkeley rejected this idea He realized that knowledge is limited to perception In this realization he postulated that everything we know we learned through some sort of sensory perception He demonstrated that there was a veil of ignorance separating the materialists real object and the perceived object For instance if one could not ever perceive the pen how could one ever know of its existence He held that if an object is independent of ones perception then how could one know it to be real He thought that you could not truly know something without first perceiving it in some way It was an easy step from that ideology for him to adopt the phrase Esse Est Percipi which means To be is to be perceived There is a crippling problem that arises in this mode of thinking that can best be demonstrated by the following limerick There once was a young man who said God must find it extremely odd to think that this tree will continue to be when there is no one about in the quad Dear Sir Im always about in the quad and thats why this tree will continue to be since observed by Yours Faithfully God This limerick demonstrates the devastating problem with this mode of thought and also a possible
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