Stathis Papaioannou wrote:

> > And there's no way to prove we aren't computer-simulated...
> Right! So if you claimed we were living in a computer simulation because you
> liked the sound of it, that would be a metaphysical position.

It would still be a metaphsyical claim if I had a very good arguemnt.
It is metaphysical either way because of its content, not because of
the way it is argued.

> If Democritus came
> up with the idea that everything was made of atoms because he liked the sound
> of it that would have been a metaphysical position, even if happened to be 
> true,
> because it would only have been true *by luck*, not because there was some
> good reason to believe it was true. If Democritus had come up with a good 
> reason
> for his atomic theory, that would then have been science, not metaphysics.

Empiricism is still metaphysical.

> Stathis Papaioannou
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