Re: Mindless Thought Experiments

From: Stathis Papaioannou (
Date: Thu Mar 06 2008 - 16:27:28 MST

On 07/03/2008, Jeff L Jones <> wrote:

> Consider an analogy to what a deeply religious person might say about
> God: "There is no way I could be mistaken in my beliefs about God,
> because there is no objective standard against which my idea of God
> could be measured, and that isn't possible even in theory." I suppose
> that's true in a sense, but I would still call someone mistaken if
> they believe in something which turns out not to exist.

If the religious person said , "There is no way I could be mistaken
about this warm feeling in my chest that I get when I think about
God", then he would be right. If he then went on to conclude that
*therfore* there is a God, he would be wrong, just as he would be
wrong if he tried to conclude from the certain fact that he is is
conscious that he has a God-given soul.

Stathis Papaioannou

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