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Earth-a figment of imagination?
« on: 11/05/2006 14:34:30 »
Ok this one is gonna be a far-feched therory:D Could Earth be a figment of our imagination. like say only the species of humans,reptiles,amphibians,mammals,insects, and everything else be the only ones who can see Earth? maybe thats y aliens arent talking 2 us, they cant c us![8D]

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Re: Earth-a figment of imagination?
« Reply #1 on: 11/05/2006 15:17:41 »
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Ok this one is gonna be a far-feched therory:D Could Earth be a figment of our imagination. like say only the species of humans,reptiles,amphibians,mammals,insects, and everything else be the only ones who can see Earth? maybe thats y aliens arent talking 2 us, they cant c us![8D]



If the Earth is merely a figment of the imagination, it is unlikely to be a figment of our imagination.

Since we all see each other as inhabitants of Earth, if Earth does not exist, then in all likelihood neither would all the other persons whom we imagine to walk upon the Earth, and thus it would mean that I (in my case, or you in your case) would be the only person to exist, for there would be no Earth upon which the rest of us could exist.  Thus, if the Earth is imaginary, then in all probability so are all but one of its inhabitants.  The only inhabitant that can be presumed to be more than mere imagination is the individual who is self aware (Cogito, ergo sum).



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Re: Earth-a figment of imagination?
« Reply #2 on: 12/05/2006 14:26:45 »
So it could be entirely possible, but impossible to confirm?

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« Reply #3 on: 12/05/2006 14:58:42 »
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So it could be entirely possible, but impossible to confirm?



Indeed, it is entirely possible.

The problem is that if we (singularly or collectively) assume the Earth does not exist, we have no effective alternative theory (at least none that we can back up with observation) with which to judge what is real.

The 'reality' of the existence of the Earth, and the persons we see upon it, is the best working theory we have, because it is the only working theory we have; but there is no way we can conclusively prove it to be the correct theory.



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Re: Earth-a figment of imagination?
« Reply #4 on: 12/05/2006 14:58:49 »

It is to the degree you believe it is
 



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Re: Earth-a figment of imagination?
« Reply #5 on: 12/05/2006 15:59:43 »
All I can say it that if Earth is indeed a figment of imagination then
  who ever or what ever is imagining it ,please continue to imagine it..

...I have an appointment on June 5th and I really need the Earth to still
 be here at that time...and for a while after.

Thank you for your kind consideration in this matter.



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Re: Earth-a figment of imagination?
« Reply #6 on: 12/05/2006 16:14:43 »

Yea I can manage that



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Re: Earth-a figment of imagination?
« Reply #7 on: 16/05/2006 14:23:59 »
lol


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