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Posted by Paul R. Martin on September 27, 2003 16:57:09 UTC

Hi Alan,

I'll take the title back now, if you don't mind. Extreme solipsism is the best two-word summary of my beliefs. I believe there is but one consciousness in existence (i.e. one and only one soul) which means that solipsism explains reality.

In my view it is extreme in the sense that it is not the simple view of solipsism sometimes considered by people. In the simple view, the individual supposes that he/she is the only consciousness in existence and that the apparently conscious other people really aren't conscious but merely illusions.

In my extreme view, it is not any individual human that is conscious; it is none of them. But if you think of the consciousness experienced by (via) your brain as a conscious experience, then all the other people also have similar conscious experiences which would deny the usual version of solipsism.

So, thank you for relinquishing the title to me. I will continue to think of myself as an Extreme Solipsist.

Warm regards,

Paul

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