This is an old epistemological question that I just want to put out for comment.
I would appreciate any answer not discussing semantics in regard to the subject line. If you like, you can change the “our” to “my” so that you don’t have to answer by saying, “Well, by saying “our”, you’re presuming others exist, and therefore a world outside of your perception exists.” That’s too easy an answer, because my saying “we”, “us”, “our” etc. could very well be based on belief, not knowledge.
I am asking for answers and comments based on a notion that what I know about the world I get from perceiving it (use of the five senses and playing with those perceptions in my mind (a physical entity?))…therefore, what I do not perceive may not exist. Any comments on the logic of this statment are welcome, and language arguments in such a case ARE acceptable. Citing philosophers, scientists, and other thinkers’ views on this topic are also welcome; just don’t say, “You should read what _____ has to say about this” and leave it at that. Articulate what the person says as well as you can.
Of course, none of you may really exist, and your answers are just perceptions for my entertainment grins
P.S. I definitely BELIEVE the world exists apart from my perception of it. Of course, that is one of the reasons why this question has been discussed so often in philosophical circles.