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Reply Tue 16 Dec, 2008 06:15 pm
where exactly did that saying come from?
what kind of philosophy is it?
which philosopher felt this way?
please respond! Smile
 
averroes
 
Reply Tue 16 Dec, 2008 06:42 pm
@meridius,
I don't believe that it was a philosopher that coined this phrase. Think of a farmer in the middle ages. Say this farmer was told a story of a magical Chinese powder that can topple walls ten feet thick and light a forest into a blaze. he was probably somewhat skeptical, wanting visual evidence. He might have said to whoever told him this "I'll believe it when I see it." One of the few comparisons that I can see in today's standards would be someone telling you that the government was now equipping the army with hand-held laser rifles. How would you feel?
 
meridius
 
Reply Tue 16 Dec, 2008 06:56 pm
@meridius,
skepticism
thats the word im looking for
thanks a bunch !! Smile
 
averroes
 
Reply Tue 16 Dec, 2008 07:00 pm
@meridius,
:DQuite welcome!Smile
:bigsmile:
 
Ibn Sina
 
Reply Tue 16 Dec, 2008 10:55 pm
@meridius,
Sounds like atheism to me. Smile
 
averroes
 
Reply Wed 17 Dec, 2008 12:55 pm
@meridius,
Not at all, it is simply wanting some logic behind belief.
 
Whoever
 
Reply Sat 27 Dec, 2008 06:14 am
@meridius,
Hang on. Seeing something is not the answer to scepticism. It is the reality of what we are seeing that scepticism questions. Someone who says that seeing is believing is sceptical to some degree, but they are not a sceptic in a philosophical sense.
 
nameless
 
Reply Sat 27 Dec, 2008 04:32 pm
@meridius,
meridius;38312 wrote:
where exactly did that saying come from?
what kind of philosophy is it?
which philosopher felt this way?
please respond!

It is no more then the philosophical and scientific error of 'naive realism'.
It has been effectively refuted long ago.
 
 

 
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