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Theories and the Blank Slate

In my previous post, I explained that modern theories of the mind usually assume that the mind begins as a blank slate. But we cannot choose between various theories of the world if our mind is a blank slate. All of those theories already include our knowledge of appearances, so there is no evidence that would help us decide between them. But if our minds are not blanks slates, then what are they?...

Skepticism and the Blank Slate

In my previous post, I explained that we should not solve the problem of skepticism by beginning with a method or with a representative selection of truths. We begin instead with a knowledge of appearances. If our minds are blanks slates, then this knowledge is not sufficient to solve the problem of skepticism. There are three possible ways to view the mind. The first way is that our mind contains...