Lee Corbin writes:
> Hi Everythingers,
> Though I am new to the list I have been reading your fascinating
> on this troubling issue of "reality" and subjectivity
> so please pardon if I skip the protocol and delve into the discussion
> right away. I have a background in computer
> and cognitive science if you want to know, but little chance to
> engage in exchanges on philosophical matters
> such as the ones in which you guys are involved in. Forgive me if I
> misunderstand some of the finer details (yes I know,
> the devil is there...)
Welcome! But there's no pecking order here, we're all equal! :-)
Thanks for your welcome.
> Scientific Reality is definitely more specific
> than reality in general. There is also much that
> one can acknowledge without admitting to its reality. I have heard
> say, alien abductions but would not swear to their reality,
> though others may differ.
Is that so? So the Saucerians exist in their reality, but not
mine. I guess we're all, like I said, equal? How can anyone
be crazy? After all, their reality is as good as anyone's,
I was, of course, being sarcastic (or trying to be) but maybe there is
of this "politically correct" presumption floating around, no? " To
each his own
reality" is becoming the current day equivalent of Heraclitus "to each
own poison". That is to say: I appreciate your point which I believe
there is still a still a consensual or naive level which we understand
to mean. Not so sure that Bruno is not already... in a reality of his
(As you see, we are not equal in our capacity for sarcasm, and
I'm currently the most irascible frequent poster on this list.
Bill Taylor is on vacation, I guess. It's a tough job, but
someone has to do it.)
Fair enough! I am all for righteous indignation and you do express it
> I would argue that numbers are rather objective, perhaps even more
> physical laws and surely so if you [Bruno] are right, no?
Yes, quite a few here are what we call (and maybe you do too)
mathematical Platonists. When "Platonist" is used, it's always
in the sense of *mathematical* Platonism. IMO.
Sorry I don't have time to comment on the rest of your 23 kilo-byte
post. Thanks for joining and contributing!
Sorry for those "kilos"! No problem. I think the rest of my barbs were
Bruno anyway. I am not as sure about his Platonism as about yours and
mine. I also
feel that same shortness in my span of attention...
Till next time,
New Brunswick NJ
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