Namdrol wrote: KevinSolway wrote:
Namdrol wrote:If we know that someone is an awakened person, than as the Eastern Gatehouse shows, we can have confidence in what they say.
Yes, but you would only know
that they were awakened if you yourself were awakened. So you would only trust them inasmuch as you can trust yourself.
No, this is false inference.
You can infere someone's awakening, or lack thereof, much in the same manner as a fire can be inferred from the presence of smoke.
Yes, strictly speaking you can infer, but you can't accurately infer very far from what you already know. The more you stretch the inference, the more likely you are to be mistaken. And there is always
some degree of guesswork involved with inferences, which can lead to grief.
To take an extreme example, a person who has almost no idea what a fire is, or how to detect it, can make all sorts of mistaken inferences.