Solipsist, n. One who accepts the theory of solipsism|
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|Saturday, February 12th, 2005|
|Wednesday, May 26th, 2004|
There is only Malterre
You say things are a mess because of my inattentiveness. Quite right, I
haven't been thinking enough of you lately Current Mood: full of it
|Friday, March 19th, 2004|
A treatment of solipsism
From the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: http://www.iep.utm.edu/s/solipsis.htm
What do you all think of the above argument? It seems very convincing to me, but perhaps stronger forms of solipsism could be imagined that overcome Wittgenstein's private language argument. Of course, I'd have to be the one do to it if I wanted solipsism proved true, for it can really only be true for one person if it's true at all. And I'd only be proving it to myself. It would be empty and circular.
Oh, by the way, I'm David, and I'm not a solipsist, but I've always found the idea fascinating. I have entertained the possibility of its truth from time to time but eventually I decided that the conceptual contortions involved in such doubts were too daunting, and that it would make no demonstrable difference if I really were
the only mind in existence. The consequences of my actions would remain unchanged, for from the fact that the world is exclusively my
world, it does not follow that I have complete control over all that transpires within it. For example, I may be sitting all alone in my room, but I cannot make my desk levitate or have the walls suddenly turn orange, no matter how hard I may try. So being correct in one's solipsism does not make one the master of the universe, but merely the only conscious agent and observer in the universe. Knowledge may be power but it is not absolute
power. Solipsism turns one into a kind of impoverished deity.
All that said, I find the fact that a community of solipsists or would-be solipsists exists on LiveJournal to be delightfully ironic. Current Mood: smug
You should be more careful when you tell people that they don't exist, at least not in the way that they believe. Yes, I am a solipsist, but I still find it probable that I am wrong. It can be hurtful or at least confusing to those whom you are making claims to. I've gotten responses ranging from confusion to anger, from annoyance to intense interest.
Anyway, I have a query for all who wish to attempt to answer. For a solipsist, what happens when the conscious mind ends ("physically", you dying)? Does your unconscious continue or does it end as well? I suppose that if it were to continue, there would be no (conscious) mind to "sense" it, so it might as well not exist. Perhaps you feel that the conscious mind "recycles" somehow. Do you think that you would "live the same life" again and again for eternity or do you feel that your consciousness would be different every time?
I'll gladly try to clarify if anyone is having trouble following this, however, I am assuming that anyone that replies will already be relatively knowledgeable about solipsism in the first place.
|Monday, February 9th, 2004|
Just joined. Hi.
Go read "Solipsist" by Henry Rollins if you haven't already.
Do it cus I said so. Heh.
Nice to meet you all... even though you are all figments of my imagination. Current Mood: awake
|Thursday, December 18th, 2003|
Nothing inspires self-righteousness quite like being right. Current Mood: left and right
|Friday, November 14th, 2003|
The Internet was down earlier this am. Power cycling my router seems to have fixed it. You can all thank me later. Current Mood: accomplished
|Wednesday, November 12th, 2003|
There's a refrain running through my head...
"I bet you think this group is about you, don't you, don't you, don't you..."
Speaking of solipsists, one of the English GTAs and I were crossing the street when we saw a car with its blinkers on, partway down the hill. We put our books and bags down, and asked the driver if she needed a push. "Please!" she said, "I called campus security forty minutes ago and they said they'd be right over to help."
So we pushed her car to the top of the hill, aided by another girl passing by, who stopped when she saw us pushing.
The driver had been sitting there for forty minutes through campus rush hour, and no one stopped to help
, even though they had to drive around her car in order to get into the parking garage. It's like some sort of weird blindness. Someone needs help? Not my problem!
|Thursday, October 30th, 2003|
From Merriam-Webster's WOTD mailing list.The Word of the Day for Oct 30 is:
solipsism \SOH-lip-sih-zum\ noun
: a theory holding that the self can know nothing but its own modifications and that the self is the only existent thing
After learning about solipsism in Philosophy 101, Dan wondered if the things around him might just be products of his own mind.
Did you know?
Fans of René Descartes credit the French philosopher with introducing solipsism as a major problem of modern philosophy, but the word "solipsism" most likely sprang from a French satire called La Monarchie des Solipses written by Giulio Clemente Scotti in 1652 (two years after Descartes's death). The term wasn't used in English until the late 19th century, when "solipsism," a composite of the Latin "solus" ("alone") and "ipse" ("self"), was applied purely in the philosophical sense. Recently the word has taken on another, more general sense, suggesting selfishness or self-indulgence. Be careful not to confuse it with "solecism," which refers to a grammatical error in speech, or to a breach of etiquette.
*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.
Current Mood: amused
|Wednesday, October 29th, 2003|
by Peter Waldner
|Thursday, October 23rd, 2003|
|Saturday, October 25th, 2003|
I'm still foggy on the concept of a solipsist since I graduated high school 2 years ago and have been living in an intellectual quasi-graveyard since then. But I'll try anyway.
After all, this community really is about me. Because everything
really is about me.
Unless nothing is real. Oh crap. Current Mood: confused
|Friday, October 24th, 2003|
Against a Dark Background
Well I'm glad I apparently decided to create this community, even if I don't yet feel in control of the part of me that did so. Inasmuch as LJ is a good place for self-communication, and in my experience it is, I'd like to mention the book Against a Dark Background bearing the author credit "Iain M. Banks" that includes the antics of a group of outlaw solipsists as a kind of dark comic relief.
I'm sure other parts of me would find it amusing, and perhaps this common amusement will be reintegrative.
Oo, new members.
I'm so excited! Unfortunately, none of you are the people I've noticed on the communities I watch making bizarre, off-topic, solipsistic posts. I have a feeling this is the kind of group that only non-solipsists will join, as true solipsists see nothing wrong with their attitude.
Anyway, welcome. Although nothing really beat the feeling last night of looking at the info page and seeing just one name under members. :) Current Mood: happy
"I believe solipsism to be the correct philosophy, but of course that is only one man's opinion"--Raymond Smullyan