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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:

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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