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  Solipsism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Metaphysical solipsism is the variety of idealism which maintains that the individual self of the solipsistic philosopher is the whole of reality and that the external world and other persons are representations of that self having no independent existence (Wood, 295).
Solipsism is therefore said to be unfalsifiable in the sense in which Karl Popper used the word.
While solipsism is not generally compatible with traditional views of God, it is somewhat related to Pantheism, the belief that everything is God and part of God.
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 BBC - h2g2 - Solipsism - A491681
Solipsism is the philosophical theory that the only thing that exists is the person who holds the theory.
Solipsism is widely seen as a rather depressing view of the world, and it should come as no surprise that the argument for it is hotly contested.
The weak version of solipsism is that the universe and everyone else exists, but the weak solipsist alone exists as an independent conscious being, and everything else in the world is an object, with no ability for independent thought.
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 Solipsism and the Problem of Other Minds [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
Solipsism is sometimes expressed as the view that "I am the only mind which exists," or "My mental states are the only mental states." However, the sole survivor of a nuclear holocaust might truly come to believe in either of these propositions without thereby being a solipsist.
One might even say, solipsism is necessarily foundationless, for to make an appeal to logical rules or empirical evidence the solipsist would implicitly have to affirm the very thing that he purportedly refuses to believe: the reality of intersubjectively valid criteria and a public, extra-mental world.
A non-linguistic solipsism is unthinkable and a thinkable solipsism is necessarily linguistic.
www.utm.edu /research/iep/s/solipsis.htm   (4930 words)

 Solipsism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Solipsism is a very peculiar philosophy, for although it is logically irrefutable, the circumstantial evidence for the external world is so overwhelming that I find it hard to believe that intelligent people can seriously question its existence.
For even a philosopher who professes solipsism in his professional capacity, still returns home every night with full confidence that his house will still be there where he left it that morning.
The fact that solipsism is not logically refutable and therefore appears logically to be on an equal footing with the far more likely possibility of the existence of the external world, merely highlights a blindness in our system of logic for its failure to register the extraordinary improbability of this hypothesis.
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 David Deutsch on Solipsism, from Fabric of Reality
Solipsism is usually defended only as a means of attacking scientific reasoning, or as a stepping-stone to one of its many variants.
Solipsism insists on referring to objectively different things (such as external reality and my unconscious mind, or introspection and scientific observation) by the same names.
Solipsism must also postulate the existence of an additional class of processes -- invisible, inexplicable processes which give the mind the illusion of living in an external reality.
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 Applied Solipsism
Solipsism states that "reality" - e.g., the sky, air, colors, this computer screen, the people walking around - are just a projection of the mind that experiences it, or: self is the whole of reality; only I exist.
One could argue that solipsism is a good excuse for arrogance.
Solipsism is true solace, better than any drug.
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 Solipsism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Solipsism (Idea in epistemology) "Solipsism is subjectivism and relativism taken to the extreme: the solipsist is so consistent about his doctrine that he claims that he cannot know if physical reality or other human beings even exist.
We therefore cannot accept solipsism as a reasonable belief, and anyone who professes it speaks in contradiction of his own state.
Solipsism is the basic metaphysical form of skepticism : the belief that we cannot know anything is ultimately based on the notion that nothing "really exists".
www.objectivethought.com /objectivism/solipsism.html   (406 words)

 Pantheistic solipsism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Pantheistic solipsism is a technical term that has been advanced for the World as Myth idea proposed by science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein in several of his books and stories, although the concept has nothing in common with either Pantheism (the universe is God) or Solipsism (nothing exists but my mind).
Pantheistic solipsism is featured in the work of many other authors.
The Sandman is only one example of how pantheistic solipsism has become increasingly popular in contemporary comic books.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Pantheistic_solipsism   (387 words)

It appears, using this simplistic approach to Solipsism, to be impossible to state that you yourself are the only valid consciousness in a meaningful way, because anyone who you tell it to will automatically disbelieve you.
Solipsism takes this and adds the major problem of epistemology (that all our information is from our own experiences, which may be wrong) and arrives at the conclusion that the self is the only valid consciousness.
The final argument for Solipsism is that consciousness is not the result of biology, but the uncaused cause is the self, a single conscious person who creates his own Universe and we live in that Universe.
www.humantruth.info /solipsism.html   (1260 words)

 Solipsism links
"Indeed, one might even say, solipsism is necessarily foundationless, for to make an appeal to logical rules or empirical evidence the solipsist would implicitly have to affirm the very thing in which he purportedly refuses to believe: the reality of intersubjectively valid criteria, and of a public, extra-mental world."
'Solipsism: The view that "My world is the world," or more technically, that one only has access to the contents of one's own mind, hence one has no good reason to believe in the existence of anything other than one's own mind (Palmer)'
If the solipsist thesis is to have any sense, then this must be proof of the existence of a kind of cunning through which the absolute subject in us cheats us as conscious individual beings.
www.freivald.org /~jake/solipsism.html   (382 words)

 Solipsism, LaVey and Greater Magic
Solipsism is the extreme subjectivist belief that all reality is inside your own mind.
Solipsism, is therefore, in accordance with chaos magic and subjectivism.
It has been my opinion for quite a few years that Anton LaVey was not talking about philosophical Solipsism, but (as his text clarifies) his warning is more akin to a social solipsism, a belief that everyone else is on the same level as you.
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 The Mavens' Word of the Day   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The word solipsism, to use the base form, which is the most frequent, is a term in metaphysics that refers to a theory that only the self exists, or can be proved to exist: everything else exists only in the mind.
Solipsism has developed a quite predictable secondary sense: 'extreme preoccupation with and indulgence of one's feelings, desires, etc.; egotistical self-absorption'.
The main derived forms are solipsist 'a person who believes in solipsism, especially a person who is egotistically self-absorbed', solipsistic 'favoring or characterized by solipsism; egotistically self-absorbed', and the adverbial solipsistically.
www.randomhouse.com /wotd/index.pperl?date=19980803   (236 words)

 Solipsism - Band page with free MP3 music downloads on SoundClick
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solipsism is currently a featured artist on the iglootrax section of www.igloomag.com
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 Solipsism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Solipsism is the philosophical view that only the self exists or can be known to exist.
In its most extreme form, solipsism holds that all perceived objects and events are merely the products of personal consciousness and that this consciousness alone is genuinely real.
Most forms of solipsism, however, are derived from skepticism and argue that the only things of which genuine knowledge is possible are the mind and its contents; hence these alone may justifiably be said to exist.
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Absolute Solipsism takes the concept to its extreme and states since the only truth that exists is in my own mind, and my mind is the only mind I can be certain exists, then everything I perceive must be an illusion of my own mind.
The history of human discourse gives testament to our solipsism, and the fact that after 5000 years of searching for The Truth there still is not a single point not in contention, attests to the elemental flaw in our endeavors.
All philosophies have their attractions, but of all of them Solipsism is the hardest to resist, and the most difficult to dispute.
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 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
SUMMARY: Solipsism means the belief that self is the only reality.
"Of what, exactly?" "Solipsism." "That's a philosophical theory holding that the self can know nothing but its own modifications and that the self is the only existent thing," said Scully.
I hope you will enjoy this story as I had fun figuring out what solipsism means.
www.erinmblair.com /solipsism.txt   (322 words)

 USS Clueless - Teleology and Solipsism
Solipsism is a belief that only the self is certain to exist; everything else could be illusion.
Indeed, it could be something you yourself create, and you may be able to learn to control it to make it what you want.
At that level, it shades into mental illness, and in any case the problem with solipsism as a concept is that it is not particularly useful.
denbeste.nu /cd_log_entries/2004/01/TeleologyandSolipsism.shtml   (5603 words)

 Consciousness and the brain: solipsism and the explanatory gap. The binding problem.
Consciousness and the brain: solipsism and the explanatory gap.
I also express the idea that the modern scientific problem of how consciousness emerges from the brain (the notorious "explanatory gap" lurks here) and the traditional epistemological problem of how to prove the existence of the material world (the question of solipsism) are two aspects of the same thing.
I suggest a single solution for both and I take the risk to claim that it is sound.
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 solipsism - OneLook Dictionary Search
Solipsism : Online Plain Text English Dictionary [home, info]
Solipsism : The Ism Book A Field Guide to the Nomenclature of Philosophy [home, info]
Words similar to solipsism: solipsist, solipsistic, solipsistically, panegoism, more...
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solipsism - No Pressure is available now at Beatport
solipsism is rar avis celestial wizardry parachuting on android teardrops, toasting flhole wanderlust keys and sleepwalker meadow beauty seas.
Some well tasty experimental stuff all rounded off with the solipsism signature sound of course.
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 solipsism from FOLDOC   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
As a philosophical position, solipsism is usually the unintended consequence of an over-emphasis on the reliability of internal mental states, which provide no evidence for the existence of external referents.
Recommended Reading: Gilbert Ryle, The Concept of Mind (Chicago, 1984); P. Strawson, Individuals: an Essay in Descriptive Metaphysics (Routledge, 1979); and Albert A. Johnstone, Rationalized Epistemology: Taking Solipsism Seriously (SUNY, 1991).
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