Of course, I too have heard of this strange story. Does Bielefeld exist or not?
How can you prove that?
There are tricks that can be done very quickly. To prove the existence or nonexistence of the whole universe with a brief consideration. In doubt then just 50%.
I would like to offer a more elegant solution that everyone understands.
A person enters a room where a table is standing. On the table is a model of the city of Bielefeld as a symbol of the city. The person says, "I see the city, so it exists."
Can one accept that? No. It could be a deception. A projection or something. We have to be more specific here. We can only acknowledge that the person believes it could be the city. Not more. The person almost 100% believes that the city exists. Why? Because the light illuminates the room. The light is also a symbol of consciousness. The light allows the person to believe in the existence of the city. There is no proof here. It's just a belief.
We cannot prove anything. Everything is based on faith.
The person enters the room again, but the room is dark. What does the person say? The person cannot say, "I do not see the city, so it does not exist." But the person also cannot say that the city exists. What does that mean?
If the light of consciousness is missing, no statement can be made. But faith can still exist. It's like a bet. One believes that one wins the bet, otherwise one would not bet. Faith also exists without proof. Faith replaces reality, so to speak.
In this darkness, we want to state the existence of the city of Bielefeld as a probability. I think it does not bother anyone if I take 50% true and 50% wrong. It's just faith, that's what it's all about.
Conclusion: It's about the faith. In the first case the belief was almost 100%, in the second case only 50% that Bielefeld exists. Assuming for the sake of simplicity that consciousness and unconsciousness are always a mixture whose composition cannot be determined, both should be 50%. Why? In the world, as we know it, there are many 50% to 50% mixtures. Probably because there is usually also a counterpoint to a pole.
Result: Dark room and bright room together make up 100% of the probability. Every single room has 50% of it. The dark room creates a probability of existence of Bielefeld of 50%. The bright room generates a probability of almost 100%. The ratio of existence to nonexistence is 150% to 50%. So 3 : 1. Bielefeld exists to 75% percent. Bielefeld does not exist to 25 %. Like everything in this world. And that's just faith. And that's just human.
- Bright room: 100% existence
- Dark room 50% existence
- Dark room 50% nonexistence
Sum: 150 to 50, 3 to 1, 75% to 25%, then the sum is 100%