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Comment author: Caledonian2 07 April 2008 02:10:08AM -1 points [-]

"But you can't prove it's impossible for my mind to spontaneously generate a belief that happens to be correct!"

Whether the belief happens to be true is irrelevant. What matters is whether the person can justify the belief. If the conviction is spontaneously generated, the person doesn't have a rational argument that shows how the claim arises from previously-accepted statements. Thus, asserting that claim is wrong, regardless of whether it happens to be true or not.

It's not about truth! It's about justification!

Comment author: [deleted] 29 April 2012 05:35:42PM 2 points [-]

No. It's about truth. Cognitive engines don't run because you justified them into existence. They run when they systematically produce truth, whether the philosophers agree it ought to or not.

Comment author: Peterdjones 22 November 2012 12:23:47AM *  2 points [-]

To produce truth systematically--by a method known to generate truth reliably--is to produce justified truth.

Comment author: [deleted] 22 November 2012 02:04:42AM 1 point [-]

for sane vales of "justified".

Comment author: Peterdjones 23 November 2012 07:10:12PM 1 point [-]

What insane values did you have in mind? "Justified" is pretty much a success-word in philosophy.