Thursday, November 03, 2016

Atheist John Searle Responds to the Slogan, "That's Just Your Interpretation!"

"I have to confess...that I think there is a much deeper reason for the persistent appeal of all forms of anti-realism [in which we create our own reality and everything anyone believes is a matter of personal preference, interpretation, and spin], and this has become obvious in the twentieth century: it satisfies a basic urge to power.  It just seems too disgusting, somehow, that we should have to be at the mercy of the 'real world.'  It seems too awful that our representations should have to be answerable to anything but us."1

Courage and Godspeed,

1. John Searle, Mind, Language, and Society: Phiosophy in the Real World (New York: Basic, 1998), 17, as quote by Paul Copan in That's Just Your Interpretation, p. 32.

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