Good information, thanks!

On Sun, May 31, 2009 at 1:02 PM, Bruno Marchal <> wrote:
> On 30 May 2009, at 23:08, wrote:
>> Has anyone on this list ever heard of this?  A theory of reality
>> formulated by Christopher Michael Langan?
>> It sounds a little sketchy at first, though not entirely different
>> than some of what Bruno Marchal says.
>> Obviously the main reason to pay much attention to it is that Langan
>> has an IQ of between 190 and 210.  Which kept me going past the first
>> paragraph, which is when I would otherwise have stopped.
>> But, after further reading it sounds somewhat more plausible.  I'd be
>> very interested in hearing Bruno's opinion.
> It is a physicalism in disguise. There is also a confusion between a
> mathematical object as a tool to represent other object, and the other
> object.
> And using set theory in that setting is a curious choice, given that
> set theory is known to flatten the concepts. It is the reason what
> mathematician prefer category theory, or specific theories ... I mean
> sets? Which sets? It is very unclear how the different notions are
> related. I can appreciate its apparent open mind on religion, but I
> don't see any effort to solve problems, nor any clarification of
> problems. Langan seems not to be afraid of being appreciated by those
> who want to be mystified instead of understanding.
> But then if you have a link on a real precise theory or results, you
> can let us know, but my opinion is that it is not really honest, or if
> it is, then it is presented in a very awkward. To give set a
> fundamental status is really like saying you should do everything in
> FORTRAN. Unless you have a good original reason to use sets, but then
> you should give it.
> Rereading some parts I am not sure at all he even try to say
> something, ... pervert the usual meaning of the terms. He makes
> complex simple ideas and hides somehow its naive view of Plato, making
> me a bit nervous even on points where I could imagine some sense
> there ...
> ...
> Hmm.... Pompous and Boring, if you ask my opinion.
> Bruno
> >

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