On 12/28/2012 1:29 PM, meekerdb wrote:
On 12/28/2012 4:45 AM, Roger Clough wrote:
Can you suggest a scientific method to prove or disprove
the solipsism puzzle ?
Everybody solves it by the scientific method: they observe other
people, they create a model in which other people are like themselves,
they test the model and it works. Problem solved - except for people
who don't know what the scientific method is.
This is how things actually work! We don't need to have an exact
definition of this or that, we operate with FAPP models and 'as if'
definitions, we don't need exactness, so why is it treated as so
important? I invite you to check out any of Jon Barwise' books, I
the most. It is a nice change of pace from the ordinary treatments of
logic and semantics and might help you understand this issue of 'as if'.
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