Another snippet on the subjective humanness of perception

Folk psychology: I see a solid table

Clever materialist: How do you know it’s really as you think?

Folk psychology: All the evidence of my five senses!

Clever materialist: Rubbish! Science has shown that those perceptions are not reliable at all, but are mere interpretations of reality (and the product of blind evolution, as well). Your “table” is really just particles and energy in motion!

Folk psychology: How do you know?

Clever materialist: Fool! All the data in scientific books and papers, and all the information from reliable instruments, of course.

Folk psychology: How do you know those books, papers and instruments are really as you think?

Clever materialist: All the evidence of my five senses!

Jon Garvey

About Jon Garvey

Training in medicine (which was my career), social psychology and theology. Interests in most things, but especially the science-faith interface. The rest of my time, though, is spent writing, playing and recording music.
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4 Responses to Another snippet on the subjective humanness of perception

  1. Timothy Hicks says:

    I am reminded of a debate I watched between a Christian and an Atheist. The Atheist tried to convince his audience that the Universe didn’t follow the traditional views of logic … and he (ahem) used those same rules of logic to explain his point.

    It’s amazing to me how certain people can be so incredibly smart in a very specific area of inquiry (like, say, cosmology or biology), and be so incredibly lacking in the logic department.

    -Tim

  2. Merv Bitikofer Merv Bitikofer says:

    I just wanna hear the folk psychologists description of how the table tasted!

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