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Existential Espistomology

Posted on 2014.04.23 at 00:00
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Our individual consciousness alone is the authority for all knowledge:

"I know you're going to deny knowing about (unlikely, non-logical misrepresentation) but I know that you know about (unlikely, non-logical misrepresentation), so I'm not going to discuss (unlikely, non-logical misrepresentation) with you."

Me: "Huh?"


drax0r at 2014-04-23 16:52 (UTC) (Link)
Me, to my kids, somewhat often: Your statement is epistomologically unsound.

Kids: Huh?
ehowton at 2014-04-23 19:31 (UTC) (Link)
That's fantastic! Soon, they'll start presenting you with corroborating evidence supporting their claims. Its an exciting time!
drax0r at 2014-04-23 20:02 (UTC) (Link)
They'll say they know something, and I'll point out that at the very least, in order for them to know someething that a) it must be true, b) you must believe it to be true, and c) you must have a valid reason to believe it to be true.

Then, I point out which of those things they're missing. Often, it's a, and by extension, c.

I won't let them get away with objective statements if they're missing c. "I know I don't like what you've made for dinner." Bullshit, you've never had it, and you at least tolerate all of the ingredients. You don't have enough information to know that you don't like it.
drax0r at 2014-04-23 20:05 (UTC) (Link)
I foresee my kids' teachers being driven up the wall later in life. My daughter is bratty enough as it is, but a bratty girl with a good handle on the art of reason will be the worst.

She'll drive people crazy because she'll assert herself in irrefutable ways. And I will be a proud papa.
ehowton at 2014-04-24 02:40 (UTC) (Link)
That was my goal as well. But my kids are turning out with more open-minded acceptance and less frustration. I still consider it a win :D
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celtmanx at 2014-04-24 02:32 (UTC) (Link)
What did you do now???
ehowton at 2014-04-24 02:38 (UTC) (Link)
Is it not obvious? I have no idea.
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