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SarcasticMethod
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ThinkingPunk
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A reality apart from one's own mind can be proven.

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Started: 8/13/2014 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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SarcasticMethod

Con

This debate will be conducted as follows;
Proper English is to be used, but mistakes will not be pedantically focused on.
Round 1 is for definitions.
Round 2 is for positions.
Round 3 && Round 4 && Round 5 are for rebuttals.
I may start a new debate if there is no agreement by then.
One may make points with evidence or logical reasoning. Evidence-based points must have sources provided, lest they are trivial. Logical points are to be explained in full detail.

Definitions:
Solipsism: The idea that only one's own mind exists.
Reality: The universe, as we experience it with our senses.
ThinkingPunk

Pro

I'll give it a shot.

Proof: To give evidence of absolute certainty.
Proven: Absolutely (100%) certain.
Debate Round No. 1
SarcasticMethod

Con

My experience of what constitutes reality is entirely shown to me through my senses. My senses may have been given false information; I may be hallucinating or dreaming. I may be entirely schizophrenic, with no way of knowing otherwise. Without proof of a reality apart from my mind, I have no reason to believe in one.

In order to function normally, I must make the unfounded assumption that everything I am experiencing is real.

I now invite PRO to explain their position and attempt to prove the existence of reality.
ThinkingPunk

Pro

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Debate Round No. 2
SarcasticMethod

Con

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ThinkingPunk

Pro

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Debate Round No. 3
SarcasticMethod

Con

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ThinkingPunk

Pro

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Debate Round No. 4
SarcasticMethod

Con

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ThinkingPunk

Pro

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Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by Vajrasattva-LeRoy 2 years ago
Vajrasattva-LeRoy
I really don't know what you mean by "one's own mind" in context.
It's Impossible to determine whether something exists or not unless it's perceived.
Posted by ArcTImes 2 years ago
ArcTImes
Define proven and proof.
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