[ExI] The point of emotions
stathisp at gmail.com
Tue Apr 22 11:30:22 UTC 2008
2008/4/22 Stefano Vaj <stefano.vaj at gmail.com>:
> On Mon, Apr 21, 2008 at 2:54 PM, Stathis Papaioannou <stathisp at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I am not asking a philosophical question but, if you will, a practical
> > question about what we really think is likely to be the case. We
> > cannot be absolutely sure that the Earth is spherical rather than flat
> > any more than we can be absolutely sure that other people have minds
> > like our own.
> I believe that a difference nevertheless exists. I cannot be sure that
> the earth is really spherical in the sense that I might be dreaming
> the world or living in a VR, à la Deutsch. But making the assumption
> that this is not the case, there are different consequences, both from
> a theoretical and practical point of view, that makes the hyphothesis
> that the earth is flat not really satisfactory.
There are also practical and theoretical consequences to the theory
that other people have feelings; whether we can torture them with
impunity, for example.
There was a time when I was in the thrall of logical positivism and
thought the question of whether other people have feelings was
metaphysical nonsense. Reluctantly, I have dropped that position and
now think that it is *very likely* other people have feelings.
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