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timtyler comments on Dennett's heterophenomenology - Less Wrong

5 Post author: RichardKennaway 16 January 2010 08:40PM

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Comment author: timtyler 17 January 2010 10:47:44AM 4 points [-]

There is evidence that the "real" world exists, for most reasonable uses of the term "evidence".

Comment author: Nubulous 18 January 2010 09:50:25AM -1 points [-]

Evidence implies observation. Observation implies conscious experience. So your evidence for a world independent of conscious experience turns out to be ... conscious experience. I expect you can see why that isn't going to work.

Comment author: timtyler 18 January 2010 06:30:29PM *  4 points [-]

No, I can't. Conscious experience is our evidence for the existence of the real world.

The hypothesis that the real world exists seems favoured heavily by Occam's razor.

If there was no world out there, life would probably be a lot more like dreaming is.

Comment author: RobinZ 18 January 2010 04:26:02PM 0 points [-]

In what sense does this "not work"? All of modern technology was designed and constructed under the paradigm that there is a world independent of conscious experience - the competing framework has produced bupkis.