Jahoclave wrote:Garm wrote:If we're going to talk about whether or not empiricism is a thing someone needs to run outside, kick a rock, and yell "I refute it thus!"
But how do you know you're really feeling pain because you kicked a rock? HOW DO YOU KNOW MAN?!
Arguments like that make me stop caring. It's just the "why?" game played by adults.
The source of my quote:
After we came out of the church, we stood talking for some time together of Bishop Berkeley's ingenious sophistry to prove the non-existence of matter, and that every thing in the universe is merely ideal. I observed, that though we are satisfied his doctrine is not true, it is impossible to refute it. I never shall forget the alacrity with which Johnson answered, striking his foot with mighty force against a large stone, till he rebounded from it, 'I refute it thus.