PHIL: Is X a Y?

Eric Watt Forste (
Tue, 29 Jul 1997 09:38:29 -0700

John K Clark writes:
> Eric Watt Forste <> On Mon, 28 Jul 1997 Wrote:
> >Philip K. Dick, I believe, defined reality as that which doesn't
> >go away when you stop believing in it.
> Then I am not real.

Really? You go away when you stop believing in yourself? How
curious. That never happens to me. (I am here distinguishing
myself -- the whole thing, body and all -- from my ego, the reality
and existence of which is a matter of dispute in some circles.)

> Both Church and State seem pretty real to me, unfortunately.

Yes, but their continued existence is causally dependent on properties
of Homo sap. nervous systems in a way that the existence of the
Virgo Cluster is not, at least under the metaphysics I'm entertaining
at the moment. Mind you, I'm talking about Church and State, and
*not* about the members of the Church and the employees of the
State, which are quite real subsets of Homo sap. delineated from
the other Homo saps by these curious evanescent capitalized things.

Eric Watt Forste ++ ++ expectation foils perception -pcd