yadave wrote:I have a simple explanation for shared reality, you do not.
Sure I do: functionality.
yadave wrote:I would enjoy a better (lay person's) understanding of Buddhist functionality and how it relates to or explains shared reality.
You will find it by running a search on arthakriya and its interpretation by Chandrakirti.
yadave wrote:Thanks. I see artha and kriya on Wikipedia.
The basis of shared experience depends not on real external existence, but merely whether two people might accomplish the same result given similar sets of apparent conditions.
Assume, for the sake of discussion, that neither you nor I are schizophrenic. We are walking and talking and see a tree and both of us point and say "Look, there is a tree."
Now suppose Russell Crowe from the movie "A Beautiful Mind" walks up, points to empty space, and says "Look, there is a tree."
What is the difference? Is it we who are schizophrenic in some weird shared way and Russell has it right?