Now out in the Journal of the American Philosophical Association: "Experimental Evidence for the Existence of an External World" (Schwitzgebel & Moore)

A project in the "experimental philosophy of cosmology". Official version here. Free MS version here. Abstract: In the first experiment, I exhibit unreliable judgment about the primeness or
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A project in the "experimental philosophy of cosmology".Official version here.Free MS version here.Abstract: In the first experiment, I exhibit unreliable judgment about the primeness or divisibility of four-digit numbers, in contrast to a seeming Excel program. In the second experiment, I exhibit an imperfect memory for arbitrary-seeming three-digit number and letter combinations, in contrast to my seeming collaborator with seemingly hidden notes. In the third experiment, I seem to suffer repeated defeats at chess. In all three experiments, the most straightforward interpretation of the experiential evidence is that something exists in the universe that is superior in the relevant respects – theoretical reasoning (about primes), memorial retention (for digits and letters), or practical reasoning (at chess) – to my own solipsistically-conceived self.Thanks to X-Phi Blog readers and others for comments on versions of the three experiments, posted here!

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