I never said I believe life is a dream. I'm not a solipsist.
I said that since everything can only be known through minds, then there must be an "eternal mind" that existed long before human minds. For if there was no mind before human minds, then nothing can be known about the external world because you need a mind to describe it. Only an eternal mind gets you out of this problem.
Nothing can be known without minds! So it's nonsensical to try and posit what existed without any minds around!
Non-sequitur. Taking you at your word that you are not arguing solipsism, i.e., that you are talking only about the means by which an external reality can be known
, and not about the means by which it can exist
, then there is no logical connection between your premise and your conclusion. Without descending into solipsism, there is no reason why an external world could not exist before there were any minds to contemplate it, and without that, you're left with no reason why an "eternal mind" would have to exist.
Neither have you shown any reason
(as opposed to mere assertion
) why a mind contemplating an external reality at times prior to the time of its own existence is any more problematic than a mind contemplating external reality in real time. In either case, you have the same dependency on perception and interpretation, and the same vulnerability to imagination. We observe evidence and construct mental models, regardless of whether the events are present or past. And while we cannot rule out the possibility
of having misperceived, misinterpreted, or simply imagined said evidence, that does not mean that we actually have. That something is possible does not, by itself, indicate that it is true, nor even that it is likely.