I think I'm good, but thanks :P Also, thanks for clarifying for me. Sorry if I misread (I do that sometimes...)
Um, can I re-ask a question? If one adheres to solipsism, would it be logical not to believe, but consider plausible, the concept of an eternal consciousness since the idea of a physical brain is unproven?
And if the only way you can even begin to make a belief seem plausible is by resorting to an appeal to solipsism, well that should tell you something about how insane that belief is.
No one agrees with solipsism. The moment you share the idea with another person you betray your doubt in the concept.
...but I thought we already discussed this in some form. Even if our known reality is false/doubted, the only realistic course of action, in fact the only possible action short of suicide/giving up, is to "play along." Is solipsism different than Cogito Ergo Sum, or am I just absolutely clueless?
...I'm going to go ice my brain now.
^ Solipsism claims that the only things we can know are Cogito Ergo Sum, tautologies, and mathematical truths. Believing the truth-value of anything else automatically puts you outside of solipsism.
And if the only way you can even begin to make a belief seem plausible is by resorting to an appeal to solipsism, well that should tell you something about how insane that belief is. "
I can't see why you choose to adhere yourself(s) so firmly to the known external reality. Humans have been steadily increasing their understanding of the world and the state of human existence. Are you under the impression that every "revelation" we will have as beings about our existence has already occured? That we "know" all their is about the philosophy of existing?
Seriously, are we done with this facet of science and discovery? I'm asking you as I am clearly far too uneducated to even begin to answer this. My impression is that, as human history has showed us, we are just as likely to be seeing the tip of the iceberg as we are viewing the big picture. Thus, while I find it utterly foolish to (A) believe/suggest that God/a soul or other such concepts exist, (B) live under the impression that the external reality is false, I can't see the harm in keeping a healthy skepticism and a mild level of doubt that we have reached the pinnacle of human understanding of our own status.
I'm using way too many word again, and apologize for being so difficult to understand. Here's my point in short: I'm going to my deathbed without any expectation of an eternal consciousness, or heaven, or any of that. But if someone walks over to me and asks if heaven exists, I'm not going to simply say "no."