common sense

Carl Remick cremick at
Thu Mar 11 12:24:45 PST 1999

> So, strictly speaking, our belief
> in the existence of
> an external world is false yet a necessary belief for us to
> get on in the
> world.

As Dr. Johnson memorably demonstrated when Boswell commented that, though Berkeley's theory of the non-existence of matter was clearly not true, it could not be refuted. "I refute it *thus,*" said Dr. J., kicking "a large stone, till he rebounded from it."

Carl Remick

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