Thought experiment

I’d be intrigued to hear what you do to judge the truth of the following propositions.  Also when and where do you run into trouble?

  1. There is no table.
  2. There is no chair.
  3. There is no mind.
  4. There are no colours.
  5. There is no tafdghkjjks.
  6. There are no ghosts.
  7. There are no gods.
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2 comments

  1. Sam

    > There is no table.

    False. I look around the room I’m in, see a table as counter example.

    > There is no chair.

    False. I look around the room I’m in, see a table as counter example.

    > There is no mind.

    False. Aware of the more abstract nature of the question, I look up the definition in the dictionary, it exists as an entry, counter example. This is admittedly a bit of a smart arse answer and there is much room for argument to the correctness of my answer.

    > There are no colours.

    False. The definition of “colour” is ill-defined in the dictionary, as it defaults to individual perception. However, the physical cause of colour (as I personally know it) is the frequency and mixing of EM radiation. I have observed this, counter example… which admittedly could devolve to a question of perception.

    > There is no tafdghkjjks.

    True. “Your search – tafdghkjjks – did not match any documents”. If it’s not on Google, it definitely doesn’t exist. c.f. Oobermick’s law, and Winterstein’s extension thereof.

    > There are no ghosts.

    I fail to find a proof or disproof.

    > There are no gods.

    I fail to find a proof or disproof.

    (if formatting came out weird, install the markdown plugin)

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