Originally Posted by agnostic
My view of SR is this: In an absolute sense like "Everything only exists when I believe in it." I don't believe in it. But I think that our beliefs and attitudes play a major part in what we perceive of the world and therefore, they do control part of our subjective reality, that is: the reality we perceive with our brains. But they do so by changing perception, not outer reality.
I think that's what tricks people into believing this. It doesn't make any sense to me, though.
People are so attached to their humanity that they will fight to the bitter end to defend it's position. If there is something before being born into humanity and something after that humanity, then that thing must be with us as humanity, therefore humanity if anything is a by product or a manifestation of that thing that is not actually humanity.
There are not tricks involved, you either believe it or you don't, it's hardly a trick and it's only valuable if it's beneficial to the person choosing to believe it.