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Response to Silent3 (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 09:46 AM

7. You can trust your mind to get certain things right, things pertaining to survival.

As an aside, our minds evolved to survive in a hunter-gatherer world. I'm not sure how attuned they are to survival in a world of nuclear weapons. But, that's a different issue.

You define "true belief" as a mental state corresponding with actual conditions in the real world. Then you say that if I doubt that the human mind can actually generate such a state, then I can't trust my mind to go any further. I disagree.

Using your metaphor of mental states, I don't think that we can generate a mental state that corresponds with conditions in the real world. There are more components and more possible relationships between those components than there are potential human mental states. However, that doesn't mean we can't learn to generate mental states that are closer to actual conditions in the real world than the mental states that we are currently able to generate. My belief is that we can go farther; we just can't get all the way there.

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