Why our experience and the object we experience are one

Box 6

The fallacy of the Hiding Pocket

There is a persisting confusion between being invisibleand being inside. While things that are inside something else (for instance, a pocket) are usually invisible like the ring of power in the unxpected encounter between Bilbo Baggins and Smeagol aka Gollum, the opposite is not true - something may be invisible for other reasons. For instance, because it is not what we expect it to be. Like in Poe's novel, "The Purloined Letter" something is invisible just because no one knows where to look.

Since Susan can't see Tom's thoughts, Susan thinks Tom's thoughts must be hidden somewhere. They must be hidden inside something. But where? Inside the mind, of course! What the mind is, of course, is just an even more mysterious problem!

The above line of reasoning is, of course, totally mistaken.

Riccardo Manzotti, 27 January 2015