Are you referring to American insularity?

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haha no.

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:)

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We can't.

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we can't? or we don't know?

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We can't claim knowledge, everything is based on assumptions. Reasonable assumptions but assumptions none the less.

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It essentially seems to argue that we can't trust our own judgement because we may have ba<x>sed it on a what has happened, what is reported to happen and what we think will happen. So my best interpretation of this is......<br />
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Tommy goes to school and comes home smelling like cigarettes. His mom scolds him for smoking because it kills people. Tommy says well everyone else was doing it. His mom says if everyone else jumped off of a bridge would you?<br />
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The next day Tommy's friends are jumping off of the Brooklyn Bridge together. Tommy knows from the day before and just his own life experience and what he has heard in his life that they will surely die.<br />
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Now what?<br />
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Tommy runs home and quits hanging around with those kids. (presumably they all died anyway)<br />
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Tommy jumps to his death<br />
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Tommy jumps with his friends and high winds carry them all gently to the ground<br />
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Tommy wakes up and avoids the bridge for the rest of his life<br />
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I could go on but that is what I gather from the claim. We don't know because the external world as we know it is completely unknown. Anything can happen and everything is possible.

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True. we can't never really know what could happen, or what will happen, like Chipmunk Ernie below, says it, "there is no resolution, only acceptance". Kudos.

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Essentially you do the best you can with what you can observe and what works--the philosophical views about it don't affect the outcome.

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So it is based on one's perceptions or principle to resolve this? How's that suffice?

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It's the way the world works--at some point we just have to accept that we can't act on things that are beyond our abilities to comprehend and interact with the world. We have to live and deal with what we CAN know to the best of our abilities. I guess I'm saying there is no resolution, only acceptance.

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To a dogmatist, yes, acceptance, faith, and beliefs is the ultimate answer which can lead to no argument at all. But i respect it. thank you for your response. :)

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I don't think of it so much as faith as reality

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