On Sep 24, 4:52 pm, Michael Gordge <mikegor...@xtra.co.nz> wrote: > On Sep 25, 7:55 am, Immortalist <reanimater_2...@yahoo.com> wrote: > > > ...Causes and effects are discovered, not by reason but through > > experience, > > Arbitrary garbage. > > Reason is man's ONLY means to any and all knowledge, idiot. >
You believe that reason is the only means to knowledge, how could you show that your beliefs about the matter are not mistaken or that you are dreaming that such is the case when it might not be. You speak as if your beliefs about the matter make these other alternatives impossible.
> Reason = A faculty of man of non-contradictory identification and > integration of sense perceptions. >
> Non-contradictory identification; you cant > deny something exists without first accepting > that thing exists to deny, i.e. without contradiction. > > Therefore existence is an axiomatic principle of > your knowledge, a fact of reality and it doesn't > matter what we may call it. > > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Objectivist_epistemology > [see "concept formation"] >
Your trying to create a foundationalist philosophy based on a single, undeniable truth which you seem to imply is fixed and assured.
Your first principle that "we cannot deny that something exists without first accepting that thing exists to deny, i.e. without contradiction" depends upon a logical structure which is really a second postulate.
Your unjustifiably claiming that the capacity to judge correctly, to distinguish the true from the false and to determine what is contradictory or non-contradictory cannot be mistaken or has no chance for error, and this non-contradictory identification remains theoretical, but theoretically it is the best theory, that is all.