[Avodah] Proving the Existence of G-d from the Existence of Self

Micha Berger micha at aishdas.org
Wed Mar 25 14:56:23 PDT 2020

On Sat, Mar 07, 2020 at 09:25:10PM -0500, Zev Sero via Avodah wrote:
> On 4/3/20 1:59 pm, Micha Berger via Avodah wrote:
> > A transcendental argument does not appeal to anything factual. Instead,
> > asks what must be true if certain features of human experience are
> > accepted as given.
> One trap to avoid, though, is to assume that ones own experience is
> universal....

Of course, Kant was speaking of phenomena like space and time, time
having an arrow... Things pretty surely universal.

> https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/baTWMegR42PAsH9qJ/generalizing-from-one-example
>     Upon hearing this, my response was "How the stars was this actually
>     a real debate? Of course we have mental imagery. Anyone who doesn't
>     think we have mental imagery is either such a fanatical Behaviorist
>     that she doubts the evidence of her own senses, or simply insane."
>     Unfortunately, the professor was able to parade a long list of
>     famous people who denied mental imagery, including some leading
>     scientists of the era. And this was all before Behaviorism even
>     existed.

And yet today, aphantasia is found in only 1%-3% of the population.
Slightly less common than legal blindness or visual impairment in the US.

But no one would say that making deductions about reality based on how
sighted people experience the world is flawed because there are
non-sighted people.

Tir'u baTov!

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