Living the Berkeley idealismpost by Yuxi_Liu · 2019-09-04T22:20:09.829Z · score: 12 (7 votes) · LW · GW · 3 comments
Quick observation, more funny than insightful.
Book publishers enjoy a relative longevity. Go to the library and open a book that hasn't been touched for three hundred years, and it would still work. Books run on light energy, with almost no upkeep cost (if located in a building with dry and ~300 K temperature air). It would be a small cause for celebration to find something interactive online that is 10 years old and still works as intended.
To live in this kind of uncertainty is to experience Berkeley's Idealism. Berkeley thought that anything exists only because God is perceiving it, and if God stops perceiving it, that thing disappears. Just like that, as long as you are paying attention to something online, it would keep existing. As soon as you forget about it, it has a serious chance of decaying and stop working.
From which we conclude that Berkeley's God would probably feel annoyed all the time that the world can't seem to run without His constant staring.
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