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Existence is not Evidence for Immortality

McCutcheon, Randall (2020) Existence is not Evidence for Immortality. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Michael Huemer argues, on statistical grounds, that ``existence is evidence for immortality". On reasoning derived from the anthropic principle, however, mere existence cannot be evidence against any non-indexical, ``eternal'' hypothesis that predicts observers. This note attempts to advertise the much-flouted anthropic principle's virtues and workings in a new way, namely by calling attention to the fact that it is the primary intension of one's indexically-described evidence that best characterizes one's epistemic position.


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Item Type: Preprint
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McCutcheon, Randallrmcctchn@memphis.edu0000-0002-5305-3662
Keywords: Anthropic Principle, Reincarnation, Bayesianism, Two Dimensional Semantics
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Depositing User: Dr. Randall G. McCutcheon
Date Deposited: 14 May 2020 03:17
Last Modified: 14 May 2020 03:17
Item ID: 17177
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Date: 19 February 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17177

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