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    How would one choose between Solipsism and Realism/materialism?

    Thanks quen tin. Your answer is fantastic, and exactly what I have been thinking about this subject for a while (since wuliheron's responses at least!). I have been thinking of reading that Wittgenstein work, since it looks like it could help me in this regard. And yes, I have been looking at...
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    How would one choose between Solipsism and Realism/materialism?

    You're still using a type of logic here. If you didn't how would you doubt? Hell, if you used no logic you could come to the conclusion that "I think, I am a non-existent tree that doesn't exist while existing"
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    How would one choose between Solipsism and Realism/materialism?

    And other than that there are actual good reasons against realism? And good reasons for realism?
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    How would one choose between Solipsism and Realism/materialism?

    And how many of those reasons against realism aren't for other things like the simulation hypothesis etc.
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    How would one choose between Solipsism and Realism/materialism?

    It doesn't even seem that solipsism can explain itself. All it states is that all that can be known is the existence of the self/mind. It can't even explain what that mind is or where it came from etc. Realism at least gives us the ability to attempt to explain the world we experience, and it...
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    How would one choose between Solipsism and Realism/materialism?

    Meh, probably the best argument so far. Anyway, I still say that solipsism doesn't help explain anything in the world.
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    How would one choose between Solipsism and Realism/materialism?

    Jislaaik. If this is really my godlike subconscious instead of reality then it truly is a separate entity from me. I reckon I'll fall back onto the pantheistic worldview I had before, it makes the most sense whether reality is real or not. "we are all one consciousness experiencing itself...
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    How would one choose between Solipsism and Realism/materialism?

    How are my premises demonstrably wrong? I exist, I cannot doubt that. I am experiencing a world that is consistent (it still remains whether it's real or not), and the logic I have works perfectly in this world. How do you dispute that which I experience? I have also never heard the...
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    How would one choose between Solipsism and Realism/materialism?

    How so? I'm worrying about this because I can't find a good answer to this question and I fear that loving my friends and family may just end up as sort of lie in the end. How's that something that doesn't matter? Sigh...
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    How would one choose between Solipsism and Realism/materialism?

    Why is there no context here? I'm pretty sure there is a context. The context is, that I've doubted absolutely everything that can be doubted, and I'm starting from a point that I can't escape. 1. I exist. 2. I am experiencing a consistent "reality". 3. All my thinking is based on logic (I...
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    How would one choose between Solipsism and Realism/materialism?

    Well then, with your premise, is solipsism an explainable and understandable premise? Or is realism better understandable and explainable? Also, I don't think we made up logic. Humanity didn't just make it up one day, we evolved with logic. If logic didn't exist before us none of us would be...
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    How would one choose between Solipsism and Realism/materialism?

    I see your point, but I'm not entirely sure that you are accurate. Physicists sure come up with models about how things work like that, but they also have great deals of evidence to say how these things work like that. And they have tested these evidences and models to know that things do work...
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    How would one choose between Solipsism and Realism/materialism?

    Does it matter? Logic isn't falsifiable either, but it works bloody well for us. So does falsification. The fact of the matter is that it isn't just about flipping a coin to choose between solipsism and materialism, it's about how much explanatory value a premise gives you. And it certainly...
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    How would one choose between Solipsism and Realism/materialism?

    One thing though Hobin. Is not the premis that reality is real an unfalsifiable premis too?
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    How would one choose between Solipsism and Realism/materialism?

    I wonder why a solipsist would believe that his/her subconscious mind is creating the world around them when what is happening around them is much better explained if an outside reality is posited. How do they know that they're learning about their subconscious? I'd say that it's much easier...
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    How would one choose between Solipsism and Realism/materialism?

    I agree with Maui that Solipsism does seem to require another entity if you are learning new things. That other entity could be your subconscious, but in the end it would be indistinguishable from God or some such being. I say this because in this reality we CAN know about our (human)...
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    How would one choose between Solipsism and Realism/materialism?

    Hey guys. I know this has been discussed many times before on here and you are probably sick of it, but I'm having a problem. My question is slightly different from the usual "please refute solipsism" questions. I don't care about refuting it with absolute certainty. However, my problem lies...
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    Boltzmann Brain Paradox :/

    Is no one going to answer my question? Please answer.
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    Quantum vacuum fluctuations

    I had no problem with quantum fluctuations being the cause of the Big Bang. I always just thought that perhaps the quantum vacuum could have been the ordinary state of the pre-universe or outer universe. An infinite state with no beginning. But I want to know, as with my thread that I started...
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    Boltzmann Brain Paradox :/

    The universe at it's singularity was much more ordered than it is now? So what you're saying is that due to the Boltzmann Brain problem we should be looking for alternate theories of where the universe and its low entropy start originated? What other theories are there that are better...
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    Boltzmann Brain Paradox :/

    If you guys were unsure of what to reply or what BBs are, then here are some links: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/15/science/15brain.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boltzmann_brain
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    Boltzmann Brain Paradox :/

    Hi guys. I'm new here and pretty much a layman when it comes to physics and astronomy. I came across this hypothesis a few months ago, but have been looking at it the last few days. Anyway, I'm hoping you guys know about this so you can help me. Search wikipedia for it if not. I'm not...
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