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Circular reasoning?

ATHOS
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2/23/2015 11:10:44 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
I experience the universe with the 5 senses via the brain. Ultimately, it is the brain that interprets the universe (everything that is experienced, from stars to the lint in my pocket) which gives one justification to regard it as "real". Sounds reasonable right? Would it be reasonable to regard my brain as 'real" through its own interpretations? The statement would say:
"I know my brain is real because my brain tells me that its real"
Is this a form of circular reasoning?
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phiLockeraptor
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2/23/2015 11:37:06 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 2/23/2015 11:10:44 PM, ATHOS wrote:
I experience the universe with the 5 senses via the brain. Ultimately, it is the brain that interprets the universe (everything that is experienced, from stars to the lint in my pocket) which gives one justification to regard it as "real". Sounds reasonable right? Would it be reasonable to regard my brain as 'real" through its own interpretations? The statement would say:
"I know my brain is real because my brain tells me that its real"
Is this a form of circular reasoning?

No. Circular reasoning is when the conclusion to an argument is already in the premise.

An actual example of circular reasoning would be "brains exist because brains exist"

or "the bible is infallible because the bible says so"

Saying "I know that ____ device with which to see reality is real because the reality-seeing device senses" isn't circular reasoning because it's not just a logic-loop, it's an empirical, scientific analysis.
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FaustianJustice
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2/24/2015 1:30:49 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 2/23/2015 11:10:44 PM, ATHOS wrote:
I experience the universe with the 5 senses via the brain. Ultimately, it is the brain that interprets the universe (everything that is experienced, from stars to the lint in my pocket) which gives one justification to regard it as "real". Sounds reasonable right? Would it be reasonable to regard my brain as 'real" through its own interpretations? The statement would say:
"I know my brain is real because my brain tells me that its real"
Is this a form of circular reasoning?

Yes and no. Circular reasoning usually needs to rely solely on its own premise. In this particular instance, your brain can also be verified by other people's brains as well, and doesn't specifically need itself to justify itself.
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Mhykiel
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2/24/2015 7:46:56 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 2/23/2015 11:10:44 PM, ATHOS wrote:
I experience the universe with the 5 senses via the brain. Ultimately, it is the brain that interprets the universe (everything that is experienced, from stars to the lint in my pocket) which gives one justification to regard it as "real". Sounds reasonable right? Would it be reasonable to regard my brain as 'real" through its own interpretations? The statement would say:
"I know my brain is real because my brain tells me that its real"
Is this a form of circular reasoning?

We don't have Perception of our brain. No matter how much you meditate or try become selfaware you will not perceive of a single cell in your body.

You're confusing brain with mind.

This is quite a bit in the direction of solipsism