Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
> Brent meeker writes:
> > Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
> > > John,
> > >
> > > Even a real solipsist might eat, sleep, talk to people etc., all under
> > > the impression that everything is a
> > > construction of his own mind. People willingly suspend disbelief in order
> > > to indulge in fiction or computer
> > > games, and a solipsist may believe that he is participating in the
> > > greatest and most perfect of games. I
> > > think that most real solipsists would eventually go mad and start to
> > > believe that the game is reality.
> > And that would make a difference how?
> > Brent Meeker
> It wouldn't make any difference: if solipsism were true, people would behave
> exactly as they do behave,
> most of them not giving the idea that there is no external world any
> consideration at all, the rest deciding
> that although it is a theoretical possibility, there is no practical purpose
> served by worrying about it.
Their explanation, if they have any, as to why they behave
as they do would be peppered with "as ifs". Solipisism is
for people who prefer certainty to understanding.
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