Infiniterocker

hello kitty cat
2001-11-05 17:49:57 (UTC)

because you are

Solipsism is sometimes expressed as the view that 'I am the
only mind which exists', or 'My mental states are the only
mental states'. However, the sole survivor of a nuclear
holocaust might truly come to believe in either of these
propositions without thereby being a solipsist. Solipsism
is therefore more properly regarded as the doctrine that,
in principle, 'existence' means for me my existence and
that of my mental states. In other words, everything which
I experience - physical objects, other people, events and
processes, in short, anything which would commonly be
regarded as a constituent of the spatio-temporal matrix in
which I coexist with others - is necessarily construed by
me as part of the content of my consciousness. For the
solipsist, it is not merely the case that he believes that
his thoughts, experiences, and emotions are, as a matter of
contingent fact, the only thoughts, experiences, and
emotions. Rather, the solipsist can attach no meaning to
the supposition that there could be thoughts, experiences,
and emotions other than his own. In short, the true
solipsist understands the word 'pain', for example, to
mean 'my pain' - he cannot accordingly conceive how this
word is to be applied in any sense other than this
exclusively egocentric one.