* sigh *
OK, let's go round the loop on solipsism one more time.
There appears to be an "I" who is "receiving" "impressions" from what appears to be an external world.
If "I" has no reference, then "I" cannot participate in this debate, hence anything further is void.
It therefore seems reasonable to assume that "I" am I, and in some sense I exist.
If the "impressions" I am "receiving" do not in fact exist (this appears to be your position, Gorgon), then all is illusion, and no conclusions can be drawn about anything. Any further discussion is pointless. Again, the only way to proceed is to concede the reality (NB not the accuracy) of the impressions.
If I am generating rather than receiving the impressions, then we arrive at classic solipsism. Nothing exists external to me, the perceiver and generator of these impressions; or if it does I have no means of interaction with it, since all my perceptions are self-generated. Any effect I have on anything "out there" will be purely random.
If I am in control of the generated impressions, then I should be able to manipulate them at will. A few basic experiments in trying to deviate from the "laws" of "reality" quickly convince me that that is absurdly unlikely.
I therefore conclude that I exist within some larger framework, and that I am capable of receiving impressions from it which imply that it has some consistent pattern of reaction which is not under my control.
I assume that my perceptions are not completely accurate, so by repeated trials with minimal variations I build up a picture of how the non-me portion of reality functions. This in no way undermines the reasoning above.
To then re-state the overall topic: given that I exist in some sort of reality, why should I believe that this reality interacts in any way with a being designated as God?
- (It is generally assumed for simplicity in the context of this and similar threads that God refers to a singular, personal, being which created and/or maintains reality. If you want to argue for or against some other version, then fine, but please state exactly what version you are referring to.)