Radical skepticism and you

2019-02-06T20:41:53.044Z · score: -6 (6 votes)
Comment by monktastic on Rational spirituality: transcending your metaphysics · 2018-05-14T20:51:14.175Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

By itself it should not convince you that you're dreaming. I don't know if you've ever had a lucid dream, but often they are triggered by an oddity that you (for some reason) decide to take seriously in a particular way. A green dragon may prompt you to introspect in that way, but only if you don't accept the mind's trick offering. At that point it does become possible to know that you are dreaming.

Comment by monktastic on Rational spirituality: transcending your metaphysics · 2018-05-14T19:49:46.932Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Oops -- that was an accidental inclusion of part of a draft. I'll remove it. Still, let me try to explain where it was going.

Various things can happen in your dream that might spur you to consider that you are dreaming. A green dragon may fly through the sky, or a dream character may tell you "you're dreaming!" In either case, the mind can quickly generate a very convincing explanation: "duh, green dragons always come on Tuesdays."

If you had your daytime rationality available, you could see through this deception. But you don't, and similarly, in our normal waking state, we lack the cognitive ability that would reveal the dreamlike nature of this reality. "Yes, I have no reason to believe in a past, but duh, it's true anyway because ...."

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Rational spirituality: transcending your metaphysics

2018-05-14T17:25:40.412Z · score: 7 (2 votes)