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38 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 25 October 2007 11:47PM

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Comment author: Matthew2 26 October 2007 12:25:06AM 1 point [-]

So when a christian presuppositionalist claims we can only know anything because God exists, your answer would be? I mean to say their is clearly no epistemology which explains clearly and technically intelligence itself. What is the your answer to the assertion: you have no epistemology but God is the basis of epistemology? I don't agree at all, my question is simply how to respond since they assume one needs to justify logic itself.

Comment author: wedrifid 10 July 2009 07:58:02PM 9 points [-]

So when a christian presuppositionalist claims we can only know anything because God exists, your answer would be?

"You could be right! Hey, get this! The funniest thing happened to my friend Jake just the other day..."

Comment author: Solvent 18 October 2011 07:51:06AM 2 points [-]

I know this is about two years late, but I'm really curious as to what that means.

Comment author: wedrifid 18 October 2011 09:32:24AM *  4 points [-]

It means 'change the topic and talk about something fun'. The 'You could be right!' also constitutes 'fogging'. ie. It diffuses the argument and gives them nothing to attack and less incentive to take an aggressive stance on that issue.

Comment author: MarkusRamikin 18 October 2011 10:43:10AM *  9 points [-]

Fogging indeed. If Matthew by his question meant "how would you honestly address that argument", then you didn't answer Matthew any more than that hypotetical presuppositionalist.

Comment author: NDJS 14 August 2011 12:43:26AM 7 points [-]

They are making an unfounded assertion on top of an already unfounded assertion. Two wrongs don't make a right, especially in fields lacking any subjectivity.

Comment author: lessdazed 14 August 2011 12:50:51AM 1 point [-]