John G wrote:I would argue that life is an illusion. One played to all our senses. We just can’t tell and there for the question is moot.
The illusion is good enough. Sufficient. Any answer is unknowable.
I'm not persuaded.
Here are examples of illusions used in stage magic:
Here is a definition of the word:
an instance of a wrong or misinterpreted perception of a sensory experience.
"stripes embellish the surface to create the illusion of various wood-grain textures"
synonyms: mirage, hallucination, apparition, phantasm, phantom, vision, spectre, fantasy, figment of the imagination, will-o'-the-wisp, trick of the light; ignis fatuus
"the magical illusion is created using mirrors, lights, and paint"
a deceptive appearance or impression.
"the illusion of family togetherness"
synonyms: appearance, impression, imitation, semblance, pretence, sham; More
false appearance, deceptive appearance, deception, misperception;
"the lighting helps to increase the illusion of depth"
a false idea or belief.
noun: illusion; plural noun: illusions
"he had no illusions about the trouble she was in"
synonyms: delusion, misapprehension, misconception, deception, false impression, mistaken impression; fantasy, dream, chimera, fool's paradise, self-deception, castles in the air, castles in Spain;
fallacy, error, misjudgement, fancy
"I was under no illusion about the difficulty of my job"
There is such a thing as seeing through
an illusion on the stage: you find out what is really going on.
As for the broader definitions: we can correct misinterpretations, clarify misconceptions, see through shams, recognise imitations, discern pretence and so on.
The common theme here is that an illusion is something that, at least in principle, we need not be taken in by. ( We may, of course, be taken in by an illusion because we are not acute enough or not energetic enough to find out what is really going on; but that is another matter)
If the answer is unknowable, the distinction between illusion and what is really going on collapses: we no longer know what it means
to say that something is an illusion.