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A quick survey of my fellow /lit/izens: Would you describe your position, ontologically speaking, of the world as being that of realism, idealism, or something else (eg, anti-realist, skeptic, etc). By what reasoning did you reach your position, and most importantly, how does your position (that is, if you even choose to) avoid the conclusion of solipsism?
Myself, I've come to the conclusion that the world is idealistic in nature, and that it inevitably follows that the position of solipsism (i.e. that nothing transcends my own experience) is unavoidable.
This picture I have chosen shows in my opinion what is at stake. How does the realist explain a physical object (straw), having continuity in the open air, but becoming disjointed when placed into water or behind a translucent object (such as glass). It appears the straw defies it's own supposed physicality. If you respond that some sort of physical light refraction occurs, making the straw *appear* bent, how do you reconcile this with your conclusion of realism? Are there now things 'as-they-are' and also how-they-appear? Is 'how-they-appear' physical, like things 'as-they-are', or are appearances only in the mind, a conclusion the idealist expands upon?
Essentially I'd like you to explain your ontological conclusions about the world, and hopefully foster a lively and intelligent debate. My hopes aren't particularly high, seeing as though we're on /lit/, but feel free to prove me wrong.
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Alright /lit/, I fucked up.
Last night I was out at the bar and was talking to a real qt3.14. I was blackout drunk. The last thing I remember was her asking me if I was a writer, and I told her I had written a book.
I wake up this morning, she evidently gave me her number and wants to go on a couple dates, but more importantly she wants to read my book.
The problem is obviously I haven't written a book, because I am a ginormous faggot.
What the fuck should I do? I was thinking about just ripping a PDFof some obscure NYRB book and slapping my name on it, but that feels like it could backfire.