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Seattle Analytic Philosophy Club Message Board › True belief, False Belief, Real belief, Fake Belief and Vision

True belief, False Belief, Real belief, Fake Belief and Vision

user 74564852
Raleigh, NC
Post #: 56
A real belief is a mental state.
A fake belief does not have a mental state. It is the sort of "faith" some notorious Seattle busybodies profess.
A true belief refers to facts.
A false belief contradicts facts.

A belief can be false, but nevertheless real. In other words, the mental state that corresponds to the belief exists. Emily Rose sees and hears things. The reasons for her to believe what she sees and hears are fundamentally the same as those with which normal people in waking hours believe the sky is real. Her belief is not very likely to be true, but her inner reality, a mental state, is indubitable. It is not unlikely that, when science is sufficiently advanced, the scientific treatment of her illness is no different from the rituals of an old fashioned exorcism.

It is not uncommon among saints, poets and intellectual giants to see visions. Blake saw visions in broad daylight; Joseph Smith saw visions in the woods; Mendeleev, in a dream; Descartes, in a stove. In the case of our good Lord Bertrand Russell, he saw "the prefiguring vision of the heaven" when he was in love with a beautiful woman.
user 74564852
Raleigh, NC
Post #: 59
This is a polite society and there is no bad language in my thread. Cuss to your heart's content, by all means.
Seattle, WA
Post #: 70
Is this the discussion thread that you were alluding to here?­
user 74564852
Raleigh, NC
Post #: 65
Thanks, Michael. I am very impressed by the quality of discussion on your thread. I highly recommend Thursday's posts.
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