Originally Posted by Daffy Duck
Interesting. So is it an accurate statement to say that lying does not exist in your mind? If I told you I was Superman in disguise but refused to demonstrate, you would believe me?
Sure, lying exists in my mind. I understand what you mean by it. And if you told me about a belief you have, one that I don't share, my mind wouldn't go to "he's a lying liar." (probably.)
You're being kind of playful with the superman thing; I don't think you are telling me you believe you are superman in disguise. If you told me that sincerely, I think I would thank you for trusting me with that secret knowledge and maybe ask you if you can see what color underwear I'm wearing. Anyway, it's not hard for me to see a kind of truth in it -- you really ARE superman in disguise.
If you were to say that you believe something that I believe is unlikely -- let's say, that there is a personal, interventionist god who listens to and answers your prayers -- I wouldn't think you were lying (probably.) I wouldn't say, "Daffy, you and I both know you don't really believe that. That's absurd. You believe something, but you don't believe that
," and I wouldn't think it, either.