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Comment author: Tem42 16 October 2015 10:40:17PM *  2 points [-]

We may experience glitches in the matrix, miracles, etc. quite frequently. If you saw you saw bigfoot, I assume that you are lying or confused. If I see a unicorn, I assume I am hallucinating. I admit that I have not yet hallucinated a unicorn, but there is no shortage of people who have seen bigfoot, sea monsters, aliens, Elvis, Jesus, and ghosts.

If our best evidence is that we live in a rule-governed system in which all valid ontological events are objective and replicable, it is reasonable to hold that these people are confused, lying, or misled.

If our best evidence is that we live in a glitchy simulation, you may have to update your interpretation on these reports.

Edit: I should also mention that human memory is very prone to self editing, and that I can name a couple of memories of my own that I have determined to have been dreams only because they were inconsistent with reality as expected. There is no longer any way to determine whether they correlated to external sensory experiences. If this is not true of you, my argument is probably not so convincing.