Well, as it turns out, I'll join the discussion. read this sutta and its introduction:http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
Since there seems to be no universal consiousness in Theravada, you can reconsider the computer experience and conclude that there is objective reality.
For those who have not acompanied the discussion between me and morlock, the computer experience is the folowing: can you see the inside of your computer (morlock, put your computer back together
)? Then you are not perceiving it. Yet, the computer works. Therefore the inside of the computer exists independently of someone perceiving it. We can extrapolate that everything exists without a need of an observer.
He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
(Jhana Sutta - Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation)