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What does this sentence mean – "Objectivism holds that reality exists independent of consciousness"?

From Ayn Rand’s Objectivism; I struggle to understand this first tenet of the philosophy…
Please help!
Does it sort of mean, I can’t explain it, like, reality exists for what it is, and reality remains constant, a constant truth in itself, and our individual take on it, or our individual circumstances do not change reality?

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  1. Reality is the real world. The physical world.
    Consciousness is the state of awareness.
    Think of them as two different entities.
    We as humans can imagine and picture and think. This is within our consciousness, there are no limits. What we think, does not have to hold true to the rules and laws of this physical real world.
    ie: I can picture myself lifting a 100000lbs rock. This obviously is not possible in the real world. Therefore, they are two different entities.

  2. Your opinion does not change the situation.
    She’s really going against the grain of existentialism, which promotes that the way you see the world, is the way it is.
    Rand would say, if two people had differing views of one subject, this meant that 1 person (or both) was wrong. There is no meeting place. One reality.

  3. It is the principle called the Primacy of Existence.
    “The basic metaphysical issue that lies at the root of any system of philosophy [is] the primacy of existence or the primacy of consciousness…
    “It is important to observe the interrelation of these three axioms [existence, consciousness, and identity]. Existence is the first axiom. The universe exists independent of consciousness. Man is able to adapt his background to his own requirements, but “Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed” (Francis Bacon). There is no mental process that can change the laws of nature or erase facts. The function of consciousness is not to create reality, but to apprehend it. “Existence is Identity, Consciousness is Identification.” http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/primacy_of_existence_vs_primacy_of_consciousness.html
    “The primacy of existence states the irrefutable truth that existence is primary and consciousness is secondary. Consciousness is the faculty which perceives and identifies existents (things that exists). For two reasons we say that existence is primary, that consciousness requires existence, and that there is no consciousness without existence.” http://www.importanceofphilosophy.com/Metaphysics_RealityIsAbsolute.html
    The opposing view, called the Primacy of Consciousness, means that your consciousness exists, and from it comes the creation of all the things you know, and also the very existence of existence. In other words, existence would not exist if you were not conscious. A great many people believe this. http://www.peterrussell.com/SP/PrimConsc.php
    (Mrs. Smith is entirely wrong, BTW.)

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