An even stronger form of skepticism is possible. Similar arguments seem to show that you don't know anything even about your own past existence and experiences, since all you have to go on are the present contents of your mind, including memory impressions

What does it all mean? Thomas Nagel

What does the word "go on" mean?

I think it means "depend on" Is it right?

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I believe 'go on' in this case is similar to saying 'continue with'.

It doesn't substitute exactly but the meaning of the phrase 'all you have to go on' is similar to saying 'all the information you have to work with'.

  • In colliins dictionary, #10 collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/go-on "If you talk about the information you have to go on, you mean the information you have available to base an opinion or judgment on."
    – XVI
    May 31, 2018 at 3:59
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    Yes, or in other words, information, as restricted by some arbitary limitations, which you can use to continue something (whether that be forming an opinion, a judgement or making a decision). May 31, 2018 at 4:34

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