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With regard to deconstructivism, there's a benefit to the position that "we must presuppose and commit to ER, even though the truth of ER doesn't follow from the fact that we must presuppose it." The benefit is that belief in ER is inductively reasonable. One's assumption of ER is strong, as is his corresponding behavior in light of that assumption.

We existentially trust the uniformity of nature. For example, each person trusts (consciously or not) that his next breath will draw in the oxygen he needs, just as was the case with all his previous breaths. This point doesn't entail that nature is uniform. But the point indicates that one is inductively justified to believe nature is uniform.

Similarly, we existentially trust ER (consciously or not). So it's inductively reasonable to believe ER is true. Given the reasonability of ER, we don't need to deconstruct every claim as if it were merely relative to some socio-cultural construct. We can and should intelligently question assumptions, including the ER assumption, but we need not paralyze ourselves with a deconstructivist mindset.

ER is mental oxygen: our thought and behavioral life requires it like our physical life needs atomic number 8.

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