This is similar to Short story about an atheist dying, being resurrected by God in heaven to perform a mission I remember a story about a man named Walter Jehovah who discovers that Bishop Berkely was correct and he can erase anything from the universe by "disbelieving" in it. He eventually "disbelieves in everything", including his body, and is confronted by God. He realizes that God set this up in order to commit suicide. He then disbelieves in God who disappears. He then tries to disbelieve in himself and fails. He wants to commit suicide, and finally thinks of a way: "Let there be Light".

What is the title and who is the author?

I forgot the name of the philosophical idea too.

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"Solipsist'' by Fredric Brown -- link to entire story

I have never heard of this story. I simply Googled it. It was quite interesting, short -- micro-short.

  • Thanks I had forgotten the solipsism name and my googles kept giving me the wrong results. Apr 28, 2017 at 16:28
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    @sabbahillel I googled the character name and just did not open any Jehovah's Witnesses links. It took less than a minute, but I did like the story.
    – WRX
    Apr 28, 2017 at 16:33
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    Wow, that was shorter than half the answers here. Apr 28, 2017 at 21:10
  • A bit of a rip-off of two Isaac Asimov stories there.
    – Pete
    Mar 2, 2023 at 11:22

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