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Posted by Paul R. Martin on July 12, 2002 03:33:30 UTC

Hi Mario,

Yes, that's what I was getting at. But, as I wrote to Mike, if proof is the only way to know something, then how did the guy with the proof come to know it in the first place?

I agree with you that there are very few things that I claim to know for sure. I once claimed to know that I exist, just as you claimed. But then Harv challenged me by asking me what is this thing called "I" that I claimed exists? He got me thinking, and I came out of the box with the opinion that the only thing I really know for sure is that thought happens.

Who exactly is doing the thinking is not exactly clear. As I have told you before, I suspect that each of us may be a remotely controlled vehicle, and the entity that is perceiving the experiences of our individual bodies may be far removed and vastly different from the bodies. Whether or not it is true, it is still a possibility that we can't easily dismiss, and so it introduces some doubt. In the face of this doubt, we can't claim to really know what we mean by "I" or "me".

Just thought I'd toss that out as food for thought. Thanks for your reply.

Warm regards,


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