On Wed, Dec 10, 2008 at 10:39:34AM +0000, Michael Rosefield wrote:
> This distinction between physicalism and materialism, with materialism
> allowing for features to emerge, it sounds to me like a join-the-dots puzzle
> - the physical substrate provides the dots, but the supervening system also
> contains lines - abstract structures implied by but not contained within the
> system implementing it. But does that not mean that this also implies
> further possible layers to the underlying reality? That no matter how many
> turtles you go down, there's always more turtles to come?

I don't think it implies it, but it is certainly possible. Emergence
is possible with just two incommensurate levels.



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