Hello other people!
I wrote an essay against solipsism… if anyone finds any flaws in it, please tell me. Also, please give me your opinion on whether you think it’s a solid argument. Thanks!
Against Solipsism: I, Ignorant and Affected, Have the Power to Affect. (I Exist)
To begin: that which is not, is incapable of creating that which is. In particular, no unconscious machine could have created me: I consciously exist, therefore no being without consciousness (like a machine) could’ve created me; the “machine” wouldn’t have known how!
Next, if I remain true to myself I come to the realization that in reality–i.e. my interactions with other alive beings, my discoveries of events taking shape etc–I in my consciousness of “me” most certainly am not utterly responsible for all things etc which transpire. (Otherwise how shall I explain my heart-break over not being with the only human I ever wanted to marry?)
Additionally, and most importantly: there is knowledge of which I (in consciousness: my every being) simply am unaware. Now my mind can store information for me to recall in the future which may not consciously be in my awareness at a given moment; but as for God, his entire awareness must be of that which exists, or else he is not God, but rather a creation of God’s. In short, an aspect of God must, in order for God to be God, be the immediate state of all-knowing. To be (at once) all-knowing is to be God. And if that which I myself did know were only all that existed, well #1. reality would constantly be changing, because I do not continually, at every present moment, know what I knew or (assumably) will know some other time. #2. My knowing would be inadequate or faulty if one were to suggest that I’ve always known what I know now, because presently I know such to be untrue. #3. Indeed I continue learning; and any supposed God needn’t learn a thing, for the being of God is the being of all-knowing.
Lastly, the conscious being of myself, in the ignorant, affected state that I presently find myself in does truly exist, even outside of my own awareness (i.e. potentially in others’ awareness, and potentially in a changing reality–as proven by certain definite experiences of change), because I am capable of affecting reality myself: after all, if it weren’t for my choosing to write this essay, you wouldn’t now be reading it; and I presently wouldn’t be seeing many freshly typed words on a screen. And this explicitly means that I am not merely a product or creation of an unconscious machine (such as evolution, for example). Thus, in the acknowledgment that I’m not what qualifies one to be God, and yet I do indeed exist in the consciousness of my personal, limited being, I find it impossible for solipsism to be true: I, ignorant and affected, am able to affect. (I exist: I think therefore I exist; and when asked, “do you exist?” I know what is being asked of me!)
Only last month I heard of solipsism for the first time, and then last week I read George Orwell’s 1984–which has the idea mentioned. And it just made me so sick, and haunted me… I looked for an answer on internet search engines, but found not one. So, I gave it my best shot.
Thanks for reading! (anyone who did) :o