Marc, Tom, and others who care: if TOE is hard to identify, even harder to select, and the hardest to make it reasonable, why "TOE"? because some reputable old professors started it? Reminds me of the cobbler-apprentiss who dared to announce that the king has no cloths on.
John Mikes --- Marc Geddes <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > On 9/22/05, [EMAIL PROTECTED] > <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > > > > *Given* that we want a metaphysical 'Theory > Of Everything' (the name > > of this mailing list after all!) we must *assume* > as a starting point that > > mind can comprehend reality. Our assumption could > be wrong. That's why it's > > called a *theory* of everything ;) > > Why couldn't the theory be that the mind can > comprehend reality, but not > > all of reality. Wouldn't that be a theory of > everything? What if that's the > > actual truth? We would be doing ourselves a > disservice by theorizing > > otherwise. > > > > > > Well, of course, the question that arises is: what > actually *is* a 'theory > of everything'? > By TOE I don't require that the mind can literally > comprehend *all* of > reality. I just think that there's some way to > integrate mental and physical > concepts into a finite unified explanatory framework > which *is* > comprehensible. So for me, a TOE is a theory which > explains the relationship > between Mind on the one hand, and Reality on the > other. M (Mind) ---- > relationship ----- R (Reality). My theory is > attempting to explain that > relationship. > What I'd like is a *logical scaffolding* - a > *finite* system which is > *universal* in scope - or at least applying > everywhere in reality where > sentient minds can exist and which explains the > relationship between Mind > and Reality. That for me is a TOE. I don't require > that the theory literally > explains everything. > -- > > Please vist my website: > http://www.riemannai.org > > Science, Sci-Fi and Philosophy > > --- > > THE BRAIN is wider than the sky, > For, put them side by side, > The one the other will include > With ease, and you beside. > > -Emily Dickinson > > 'The brain is wider than the sky' > http://www.bartleby.com/113/1126.html >