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Talk:Argument from incredulity

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[edit] Moore's paradox

Article says Another form, the argument from personal incredulity, takes the form "I can't believe P, therefore not-P.". Isn't the rejection of that principle, i.e. the article's claim, roughly equivalent to Moore's paradox? It is not possible for me to believe it, but it's true is an instance of Moore's paradox; hence, to avoid Moore's paradox, it seems reasonable to infer, from the fact that I can't possibly believe something, that it is actually false. Which implies, that rather than being logically fallacious, the argument from personal incredulity is actually a valid form of inference. Zack Martin HolyMaratreanSigil.png 12:23, 7 August 2011 (UTC)

[edit] Argument from credulity

Is this such a thing? Quick example: Singularity. More complex example: since it's possible to without mechanical assistance nail 100 out of 100 full court baskets and the human race is producing better basketball players all the time, someone will eventually make 100 out of 100 full court baskets. --Dr. Swordopolis (talk) 22:48, 29 November 2011 (UTC)

[edit] Qualia example removal

Removed text: "Another example is a scientific explanation of personal phenomenal experiences or "qualia". Because they do not know how physical processes could produce qualia, many philosophers conclude that therefore qualia cannot ever be explained."

I think this should stay, though it may need better explained. Comprehending or explaining qualia does in fact take a stretch of imagination, and it is something that cannot currently be quantified, and is also part of the discussions relating to strong AI and transhuman ideas of brain uploading or human-machine hybridization. Trick (talk) 15:30, 10 March 2015 (UTC)
I think examples should be clear-cut cases, not stuff that's still undecided. After all, there's nothing particularly special about that example. I guess we can put something like (my wording sucks): "Some people don't understand how many non-conscious neurons in the brain can produce a mind and conclude that something else must be involved. Super Dude,Where's my car? 06:01, 11 March 2015 (UTC)
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