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Has brain-to-brain communication been addressed in the literature, and if so, is there a fundamental reorganization of philosophy required?

What exactly do we mean by "brain-to-brain communication"? I can already communicate with other brains in a variety of ways - speech, signs, demeanour, and so on. Even if there were a new ...
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How does Berkeley justify existence of other minds?

This issue is addressed in Berkeley's Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge, especially 145 and 148, and there is some disagreement as to what the nature of his argument is. Some take ...
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How do I prove that all people are illusion and only I am real in this world?

The simple answer is: a) You can't and b) It doesn't matter if we are. I think, therefore I am. Note that this statement doesn't include you, or him over there, it's a statement about me. Beyond that ...
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Refuting Solipsism

There are philosophers suggesting exactly that. To quote the promotion text of the recent book What Do Philosophers Do?: Skepticism and the Practice of Philosophy by Penelope Maddy (Oxford, New York: ...
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An Argument against Descartes's radical doubt

The simplest and most powerful argument according to my opinion is the following: There is no reason for the universe to give the impression of something while something completely different (and not ...
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What are the best Arguments against solipsism?

Argument 1: You don't (entirely) believe in Solipsism anyway You asked for help. Therefore, you believe there's someone besides you to answer. (Or at least, you consider the possibility that someone ...
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Should a solipsist get life insurance?

Assuming they are properly convinced (ie they do not admit the possibility of being wrong) there are two reasons. Firstly, some life insurance policies pay out early if the insured is certified by ...
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Should a solipsist get life insurance?

Epistemological and methodological solipsism both roughly maintain that only one's own existence can be demonstrated to exist (the former maintains it as a belief, whereas the latter maintains it ...
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Should a solipsist get life insurance?

The payout may never come, but the illusory beings around them don't know that Imagine our solipsist is married with a child. Although the solipsist does not believe that their spouse and child exist ...
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Why don't you (personally) worry about solipsism?

First, I believe this question conflates solipsism and nihilism. Solipsism is the worldview that nothing outside the mind can be assured to exist; nihilism is the worldview that all human ethics and ...
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Is solipsism truly unprovable?

Solipsism is unprovable because of the nature of our interactions with the world. In simple terms, the idea would be this: We can never access the world "as it is". Even conceptually, that ...
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Why are the existence of obstacles to our will considered a counterargument to solipsism?

What happens with your thoughts that you cannot control is just another example that the subject is not free but is handed a given (they cannot control their thoughts), and that given-to-the-subject ...
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Why are the existence of obstacles to our will considered a counterargument to solipsism?

The counter argument you mention is a narrow subset of a wider objection to the inability of extreme solipsism to provide a coherent account of what the non-solipsist takes to be external reality. You ...
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Artificial intelligence ChatGPT said that solipsism is true. Any evidence of solipsism?

Unequivocally, due to the way it currently operates, ChatGPT should not be trusted at the moment. It is about as equally likely to produce information as misinformation. In fact, it currently has no ...
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How is the term "existence" even defined for things other than your subjective experience?

I would propose the following demarcation: in your subjective experience, there are things that resist and act as obstacles to your will, or constraints on your subjective experience. For example, no ...
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Burden of proof and solipsism

No, the burden of proof is simply a convention that says that if you make a claim you should be prepared to back it up with evidence if evidence is needed. It applies as much to someone who claims ...
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Are consistent solipsists limited to the singular when referencing themselves?

If solipsism is the thesis that only I exist, then Berkeley was certainly not a solipsist since a major burden of his argument in the Principles is that all that exist are his and other minds or ...
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Has any philosopher ever gone a step beyond solipsism and argued that nothing exists?

Gorgias argued that nothing existed in a now lost work called "On Nature". There are two surviving paraphrasis of it, however. The one by Sextus Empiricus can be found here, if you're interested.
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Are there any philosophical arguments to disprove or weaken solipsism?

Not a rebuttal, because solipsism is unfalsifiable anyway, but in On Certainty, Wittgenstein shows that in order to survive solipcists have to act hypocritically. Although they will profess they have ...
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Is Solipsism self-defeating?

Connecting solipsism with time is an interesting angle. I haven't encountered it before in the discussion of solipsism, which I take to be the view that only I exist or (more formally) : Solipsism ...
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How does Berkeley justify existence of other minds?

Berkeley and other minds - the basic problem The 'problem of other minds' confronts many philosophical theories for different reasons and with different responses. So how does it arise for Berkeley ...
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How can there be multiple "points of view" in the world?

While this falls short of resolving the paradox, the following references may be helpful. JJ Valberg in his Dream, Death, and the Self explores similar paradoxes -- what he calls "extraphilosophical ...
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Can the Universe make sense at all?

"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern ...
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What if I get born again as the same person for ever?

The problem with such a scenario is this: It is entirely unclear what it means to say that someone "lives their life over again".
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Burden of proof and solipsism

Demanding a burden of proof is suggesting that when somebody is making a positive claim about something, they should be the one to provide the proof. Essentially, they are trying to change your mind ...
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Why is it reasonable to believe that the world will continue to exist after I die?

It is reasonable to believe for two plausible reasons, namely: The world has survived the death of billions of other people, so why should your death be any different? There is no current theory in ...
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Are there any philosophical arguments to disprove or weaken solipsism?

I came up with this reasoning, made some points clear from my perspective, but it still does not disprove solipsism, rather weaken it: Accept that "my" quale is the only thing that exists. ...
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Are there any philosophical arguments to disprove or weaken solipsism?

While it may seem superficially simpler to assume one mind rather than many, it requires a fairly complex story to explain why the one existing entity perceives the apparent existence of many entities....
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