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Bernard White


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Is Solipsism irrational (the philosophical position of "Cognitio Ergo Sum")?

Sorry to not really give a very long description like I usually do, I just can't think of much to say about this topic.
I personally think it is entirely a rational and logical claim, and it can't really be proved nor disproved.
While I am a sort of agnostic concerning Solipsism, partly because I view it is better to live your life as if everybody is real, but it still can't really be certain.
I mean I may just be a projection of somebody else's imagination, I may just be a piece of coding in the matrix or inception.
I don't really see what complaints people have against Solipsism.
Am interested in what the fellow TED community will think about this.


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    Mar 31 2013: Solipsism is not irrational, but I think of it more as a "so what?" kind of thing. What would be the benefit for me one way or the other? Whether it's just me or reality is real - either way does not change anything for me. Or does it?

    Edit: Oh I think. So.. therefore I must exist. Because nothing could not be thinking this very thought I am thinking. A bit self referential, but oh well. So I know I'm here. But I really can't be sure anything else is there. I am the only axiom. Everything else is just theory.

    'cause I might really be plugged into the matrix. And maybe all the other people and the whole reality I see out there - well, it's just made up. Not real. It's just me.

    I think Descartes kind of bailed from a philosophical perspective and let God in with his so called "ontological proof of god". Nothing against God, but if you're going for Solipsism, I don't think God is part of that. But we have to remember that was over 400 years ago.
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      Mar 31 2013: What is solipsism with God? Because there is always the slim possibility that everything is in your imagination including "God" and the "external world".
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        Mar 31 2013: I agree. Another philosopher from about the same time, Blaise Pascal, said this about Descarte's admission of God into Solopsism:

        "I cannot forgive Descartes; in all his philosophy, Descartes did his best to dispense with God. But Descartes could not avoid prodding God to set the world in motion with a snap of his lordly fingers; after that, he had no more use for God."

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