We of this blog are pragmatic skeptics. We wish to disassociate ourselves from the branch of formal philosophy known as skepticism (or scepticism). A philosophical skeptic will make the argument that we cannot be sure the sun will rise tomorrow, even though it has risen like clockwork for millenia. A philosophical skeptic will make the argument that if we step off a cliff, we cannot be certain gravity will operate in the time-honoured way and precipitate us to our deaths. Speaking as a pragmatic skeptic, I would be more than happy to push any philosophical skeptic off a cliff at any time to resolve the issue.
Of course, philosophical skeptics are not nearly as stupid as solipsists. A solipsist believes that his or her reality is only a figment of his or her imagination. A resounding open-handed slap across the face is the best way for a pragmatic skeptic to challenge a solipsist's world view. Few solipsists can continue making an argument in support of their position with a stinging cheek. Particularly when there is every prospect of subsequent slaps if they do not desist.
The violent actions as set out above are in the nature of a thought experiment. I would not really take these actions. Although I would be sorely tempted in the case of the "too stupid to come in out of the rain" solipsist.
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