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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Science vs Religion
« on: June 25, 2007, 09:44:39 AM »
Are you asking me why people disagree? Or are you asking me how one goes "outside" his viewpoint to compare his viewpoint to another's?

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Science vs Religion
« on: June 25, 2007, 09:38:07 AM »
You've implied that you think Quine's view rebuts mine, which makes little sense if his view is "correct". Those that hold to my worldview or one like it seek truth as the highest epistemic virtue. What are you after if not truth?

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Science vs Religion
« on: June 25, 2007, 09:33:41 AM »
Why argue for your view at all?

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Science vs Religion
« on: June 25, 2007, 09:26:52 AM »
A reference to Quine is hardly a rebuttal. The non-cognitive response "Bleh" is ironically appropriate once you've discarded classical logic.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Science vs Religion
« on: June 25, 2007, 09:24:43 AM »
A man can no more have his own private truth than can he have his own private sun and moon.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Science vs Religion
« on: June 25, 2007, 09:19:01 AM »
If knowledge means anything at all then it means nothing at all. This epistemic relativism leads to a radical skepticism that undermines the intelligibility of life. Even the most impoverished form of solipsism becomes indefensible on this view.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Science vs Religion
« on: June 25, 2007, 09:16:10 AM »
I suppose that depends on what "comma" means by experience. More to the point, on what grounds would you or "comma" deny or doubt my definition of knowledge (justified true belief) if classical propositional logic (laws of non-contradiction, excluded middle, identity) were not an item of absolute knowledge?

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Science vs Religion
« on: June 25, 2007, 09:10:49 AM »
Are you saying there's no fact of the matter as to whether or not the earth is flat?

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Science vs Religion
« on: June 25, 2007, 08:59:30 AM »
3) Why don't you give an example of where my definition fails?

1. To know something is to believe something that corresponds to one's experience.
2. There are no referents external to one's experience of the world.
3. Therefore to know something is simply to believe something.

So if you believe P and if P corresponds to your experience then you know P. If I believe ~P and if ~P corresponds to my experience then I know ~P. If P is the proposition "the earth is flat" then you know the earth is flat and I know the earth is not flat.

Please advise.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Science vs Religion
« on: June 24, 2007, 07:23:06 AM »
Quote
To know something is to believe something that corresponds to one's experience. There are no referents external to one's experience of the world. Therefore to know something is simply to believe something.

1. To know something is to believe something that corresponds to one's experience.
2. There are no referents external to one's experience of the world.
3. Therefore to know something is simply to believe something.

(2) is a bit controversial and problematic, don't you think? (3) entails much absurdity. I hope you're not serious about this definition of knowledge.

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