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What Do You Mean By 'know'?

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Posted by Harvey on October 15, 2002 05:24:37 UTC

Hi Paul,

***Could you give me three or four examples of ontological facts that you know to be true (in addition to the one that "Thought happens")?***

It all depends on what you mean by 'know'. If you mean that there is absolutely no way it can be wrong, then I have no examples (even 'thought happens'). On the other hand, if you mean by 'know' that I am quite sure of, then I can give you a number of examples:

1) I know that I exist
2) I know that you exist
3) I know that the earth exists
4) I know that the universe exists

I take these four examples as ontological knowledge even though I am not completely sure, however I am quite sure all four are correct statements about the world.

***It would help me for you to run through this list of attributes which are historically and/or currently given to God, and tell me which ones apply and which ones don't. That way we should all have a clear understanding of what God is. Thanks in advance.***

Rather than give you verb descriptions, I prefer the various descriptions of philosophers down through the ages:

Theist
pantheist
panentheist
deist
process theology
Christian God
Buddhist God
God of the philosophers
.
.
.

There's many definitions and various views, however the ultimate substance of spacetime is not one that comes to mind.

Warm regards, Harv

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