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by Speakpigeon
Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Certain Knowledge
Replies: 70
Views: 7165

Re: Certain Knowledge

No, just one. Descartes is very explicit about the "I" being his thoughts EB No, two. Count them: He, and his thought. Again, no. He was definitely not talking about himself as a public persona or a physical organism. He was talking about the 'I' and only the 'I', and he explained very carefully th...
by Speakpigeon
Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Certain Knowledge
Replies: 70
Views: 7165

Re: Certain Knowledge

All these things can be very easily dismissed as possible illusions or delusions. They cannot be dismissed as delusions. A true delusion is thinking that when your arm moves behind your head it ceases to exist, or that other people are masquerades of your own mind whenever they have a brain and exp...
by Speakpigeon
Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Certain Knowledge
Replies: 70
Views: 7165

Re: Certain Knowledge

Considering the point is infinite in nature everywhere we observe, and everything we observe, is composed of points as point. We don't observe any point at all and we have absolutely no necessary reason to take whatever it is we observe as composed of points. We observe them abstractly In other wor...
by Speakpigeon
Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: The irrefutability of solipsism and the recognition that consciousness is not physical
Replies: 104
Views: 9085

Re: The irrefutability of solipsism and the recognition that consciousness is not physical

How can the world be both passive and active, if all there is, is you? You're inconsistent in your reasoning. You argue from the existence of the physical world while also assuming the premise that no physical world exists. If I am indeed all there is, then causality is meaningless and I can't infe...
by Speakpigeon
Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: The irrefutability of solipsism and the recognition that consciousness is not physical
Replies: 104
Views: 9085

Re: The irrefutability of solipsism and the recognition that consciousness is not physical

Yes, but only in so far as nothing is physical - that is, the argument goes not only for consciousness, but everything else too. But that just means we cannot prove that the physical world (and physical consciousness) exists - it does not mean that they must not exist. Am I right? There's still one...
by Speakpigeon
Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Certain Knowledge
Replies: 70
Views: 7165

Re: Certain Knowledge

Accept what is self-evident. Free-will, other-minds, the first-person authority we have over our mental happenings, the existence of a Intelligent Designer, and so on. None of these can be denied without some sort of self-denial of what is obvious and necessarily follows from our existence. There i...
by Speakpigeon
Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Certain Knowledge
Replies: 70
Views: 7165

Re: Certain Knowledge

A real simple exercise in observing the "certainty" of knowledge can be observed through the application of geometry...the "point" as a never changing object is in itself "certain" and one of the true objective axioms we hold of reality. I don't think we know of any point existing out there. Person...
by Speakpigeon
Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Certain Knowledge
Replies: 70
Views: 7165

Re: Certain Knowledge

Also, the necessary existence of three dimensional space is undeniable. There's nothing necessary about three-dimensional space and it is very much deniable. I think, therefore I am. And my thought exists, too. Two existences for the price of one. No, just one. Descartes is very explicit about the ...
by Speakpigeon
Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: The irrefutability of solipsism and the recognition that consciousness is not physical
Replies: 104
Views: 9085

Re: The irrefutability of solipsism and the recognition that consciousness is not physical

Apologies in advance for the lack of rigor and sophistication I'm about to display. Also for verbosity. I just want to be as clear as possible. tl;dr: If you recognize the impossibility of disproving solipsism, then it should be clear that consciousness is not meaningfully physical. It can be argue...
by Speakpigeon
Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: The irrefutability of solipsism and the recognition that consciousness is not physical
Replies: 104
Views: 9085

Re: The irrefutability of solipsism and the recognition that consciousness is not physical

Yes, but only in so far as nothing is physical - that is, the argument goes not only for consciousness, but everything else too. But that just means we cannot prove that the physical world (and physical consciousness) exists - it does not mean that they must not exist. Am I right? There's still one...
by Speakpigeon
Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Certain Knowledge
Replies: 70
Views: 7165

Re: Certain Knowledge

Is certain knowledge possible? If not, why? If so, what can we be certain of? When I am in pain I know I am in pain. To put it another way, I know whatever I take to be pain whenever I experience it. Same for redness. I know whatever I call redness whenever I experience it. I may be wrong as to whe...
by Speakpigeon
Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Are the Three Laws of Logic correct?
Replies: 52
Views: 9009

Re: Are the Three Laws of Logic correct?

1) The Law of Identity - An apple is an apple 2) The Law of Non-Contradiction - an apple is not a non-apple 3) The Law of Excluded Middle - it is either true or false that I just ate an apple Can any of these be shown to be correct without referring back to them to do it? Theories are correct or in...