# Re: The seven step series

```Hi, Bruno,
and thanks for taking the time to eviscerate my ignorance. I asked for it
<G>. Just a bit in detail:
I did not pay enough attention to Torgny's sets vs set, I see now.
Question: There are 'rules' applicable how to handle 'a' set, operations and
values to obtain etc. Are these rules also valid and applicable to Torgny's
"sets", the infinite set of all sets? Can you do with that anything
(practical in some sense)? even 'think' of it?  (BTW I did not mean that
'infinite' sets do not exist, only that we need a different consideration
for them from the finite bunch usually understood as 'a' set - maybe also
'naming' them differently).```
```
I did not find the 'intension' sets (description), only the 'extension'
part.

(JM)"Many" cannot be infinite (by MY definition).(BM):Well, I prefer to use
the word in their most used and standard sense.
-----which one is that? Can, or cannot?-----

I did not identify "self-referenced" with computationalist. And that 'many'
think so is no satisfying evidence in my view: scientific thinking is not a
democratic voting formula. Even the "BIG" names... Al Gore and Jimmy Carter
There is no "scientific" statement which could not be contrasted by two
opposite ones of 'other' scientists.

Now the delicate part:
BM:
"If you can compute 34+89, or 65*87, then you know enough."
IF!! I accept that a number means a math-book and writing a number is not
'that' number without applying 'rules'. Like:
34 is a 3 and a 4 unless you defined the space and comma if applicable. (I
have something on that 'comma' I forgot to write about. Maybe now I will
resort to it at the end). To make the 3 !!! and the 4 !!!!
a !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! is far fetched.
Then again your + and * are NOT numbers. It looks to me (in a personalized
overwhelming exaggeration, of course) that by 'numbers' you mean the
'science of math expressed in symbols of a huge vocabulary' (maybe books
->library!) Ph.D.
I don't deny the practicality of applying 'numbers-based' science in sending
a man to Mars, but it is NOT the numbers that does the job. It is the
complexity of the state of the art we reached, which includes science,
technology, skills, ideas AND of course numbers-application. Bohm's idea -
as I understood it - was that searching nature, you do not bounce into
numbers,  you can observe 3-leaf or 4legged and manyshaped things, big and
small, YOU (the human) can 'count them' if you invented the symbols 1 2 3 4
etc. but these refer to quantities and it required lots of abstracting in
mental evolution to arrive in a numbers-based math - how humans think about
nature.
That's what I referred to as the pre-Platonistic times.
*
Let me postpone the 'comma' part in the sets for next time.
Thanks again and my mind works in crooked ways, if you can excuse me for
that. It seems I need too much learning to catch up.

John M

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On Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 10:20 AM, Bruno Marchal <marc...@ulb.ac.be> wrote:

> Hi John,
>  On 30 Jun 2009, at 14:32, John Mikes wrote:
>
>  Hi, Bruno
> you know that I am in a different mindset, yet happy to read your train of
> thoughts. I consider a set a limited model of elements (and conclusions
> thereof are not applicable to wider domains) -
>
>
> Well, as Thorgny illustrated correctly, the notion of SET does not apply to
> SETS. usually the collection of all sets is not considered as a set, for
> many good reasons, some of which appear already in the treatise on Numbers
> by Plotinus. To derive from this that infinite sets cannot exist, like
> Thorgny seems to believed is invalid.
>
>
> "A set can be described in extension or in intension. "in extension" means
> that we give all elements of the set, enclosed in accolades."
> I was really happy with the next sentence:
> "When the set is not to complex (meaning big or infinite), we can use the
> "...".  - "
> (I missed here the exemption of the 'infinite' *"set*", really a
> contradiction, to which the 'set' considerations cannot apply - OR can they?
>
>
>
> Of course they can. This is done in everyday mathematics all the time since
> Cantor discovered the notion of sets. It can be said that set have been
> exploited especially for the handling of infinities.
> Typical infinite sets are the set of natural numbers {0, 1, 2, ...}, the
> set of odd numbers {1, 3, 5, 7, ...}, the set of prime numbers {2, 3, 5, 7,
> 11, ...} as already proved by Euclid, the set of decimal approximation of
> most real numbers, etc.
>
>
>
>  if you have something on that...)
>
>
> Google on it. The notion of set (finite and especially infinite sets) is
>
>
>
>  "Many" cannot be infinite (by MY definition).
>
>
> Well, I prefer to use the word in their most used and standard sense.
>
>
>
>  I loved your words on QM, the (linear) extension of the figment physical
> world as described in reductionist physical sciences.
> I also cannot wait for something more about your approach on
> the "self reference" - the basis of physics? -
>
>
> This is the whole point of the UDA, and AUDA.
>
>
>
>  especially as to
> 'self' of what (who)? I hope the answer will not be "machine" or comp,
> because then I have to continue "and what is that?"
>
>
> Of course it is comp, although I use comp because it is the simple way.
> Then, digging on mathematical logic, the same result can be retrieve from
> much weaker assumption. But comp is believed by all scientist and
> philosophers, except Penrose. Even John Searle is computationalist with my
> weak definition of it.
> "and what is that"? It is the point of the present thread to explain that
> as slowly as possible so that good willing non mathematicians can understand
> the key points.
>
>
>
>  (in more than a utilitarian explanation of what it does). ('it?')
> What boils down to my ignorance as to the originating and maintaining to
> ANY action we speak about. The 'theos' of a non-assumed and non-supernatural
> factor (system?) yet involved in conducting all we just find natural and
> proceeding.
> You may substitute 'numbers' for such, but so far did not reply (to my
> satisfaction at least) WHAT those 'numbers' may be.
> Sorry, I am not of the religious kind.
>
>
> If you can compute 34+89, or 65*87, then you know enough. My use of number
> in UDA is not religious, it is the same use as those who use number to send
> man on the moon. Too much and premature philosophizing makes it hard to
> proceed. "Religion" appears later, when you say "yes" to the digitalist
> surgeon. Comp asks for an act of faith.
>
>
>
>  *
> Maybe my error is in 'believeing' that a *REALITY* may exist and 'we' have
>
>
>
> Neither science, nor philosophy, nor theology, could develop without such
> assumption. It is because we believe that there is a reality, that we can
> build theories to infer the part on which we have no access. science always
> consist in an attempt to see the invisible, be it atoms, far away galaxies,
> or mathematical constructions. So this is not an error.
>
>
>
>
>  Inventing for our comfort (the D. Bohmian idea) 'numbers' at the human
> level of pre-Platonian thinking. If 'reality' exists only by 'comp' or
> 'consequences' then I may be in a reversed error, due to brainwashing by in
> college imprinted  natural sciences - what I try to exceed yet it still sits
> there.
> Our 'perceived reality' (ColinH) may also provide the numbers.
>
>
> Sure, but this is independent of the fact that 17 is a prime numbers
> independently of me. That the set of prime numbers is infinite,
> independently of me, etc.
>
>
>
>  Now that sounds heretical enough in this thread. Forgive me.
> *
> Waiting for the self-reference, (who's?)
>
>
> Who's? But the universal number's self-reference of course. Even the Lobian
> one.
>
>
>
>  - with thanks so far
>
>
> You are welcome,
>
> Bruno
>
>
>  On Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 6:45 AM, Bruno Marchal <marc...@ulb.ac.be> wrote:
>
>>
>> Hi Johnathan,
>>
>>
>> On 29 Jun 2009, at 17:22, Johnathan Corgan wrote:
>>
>> >
>> > Bruno,
>> >
>> > I think you were off to a good start with your planned series of posts
>> > about the seven step argument.  I believe your first installment was a
>> > discussion of set theory as one of the mathematical preliminaries to
>> > the
>> > actual argument.
>> >
>> > I am looking forward to your next installment.
>>
>>
>> Well, thanks. I am not sure Kim and Marty are there, but I can provide
>> a summary, and recall the motivation.
>>
>> Marty, did you come back from holiday? Kim? still interested in
>> electronical summer's school on mathematics.
>>
>> The goal of the seven step thread is to make clear the seventh step of
>> the UDA (Universal Dovetailer Argument). The purpose of the UDA is to
>> make clear that the mind-body problem (or the consciousness/reality
>> problem, or the first person/third person) problem is reduced, when we
>> do the computationalist assumption, to a pure body appearance or
>> discourse problem. UDA shows that if we assume the comp. hyp. then we
>> have to explain the appearance of matter from machine or number self-
>> reference only. The proof is constructive, it shows *how* the laws of
>> physics have to be extracted from self-reference.
>>
>> Later, much later, I could explain, if everyone is OK with UDA, how we
>> can already extract from self-reference the general shape of physics,
>> so that we can already refute empirically, or confirm, the comp. hyp.
>> And it appears that the empirical quantum mechanics,  currently,
>> confirms the comp. hyp. Quantum mechanics confirms the partial
>> indetermination of the outcomes of our possible experiences, and the
>> "high non booleanity" of the propositions describing those outcomes".
>>
>> The object of the "seventh step thread' consists in making the seventh
>> step accessible to non mathematicians. So we have to start from zero.
>> I have decided to start from elementary "naive" set theory, without
>> which we cannot do anything in math. I will avoid all special
>> mathematical symbols, and use instead words with capital letters.
>>
>> We have not yet done a lot. So I can sum up, with the new "notations".
>>
>> Definition. A set is just a "many" considered, when clear enough, as a
>> "one". So a set is just a collection of objects, and those objects are
>> called the element, or the member, of the set. If some x is an element
>> of some set A, we write x BELONGS-TO A, or (x BELONGS-TO A).
>> A set can be described in extension or in intension. "in extension"
>> means that we give all elements of the set, enclosed in accolades.
>> When the set is not to complex (meaning big or infinite), we can use
>> the "...". We can give name to a set, to ease or talk about that set,
>> like we do all the times in mathematics. Most of the set we will
>> consider are set of mathematical object, mainly numbers in the
>> beginning, and then set of ... sets.
>>
>> Example-exercise:
>>
>> 1°) Let A be the set {0, 1, 2, 3}. ("A" is said to be a local name for
>> the set {0, 1, 2, 3}. And local means that such a name is used in a
>> local context. One paragraph later "A" could designed another, so be
>> careful). If "A" names {0, 1, 2, 3}, we will write "A = {0, 1, 2, 3}".
>>
>> OK, so with A = {0, 1, 2, 3}. Which of the following propositions are
>> true
>>
>> 1) the number 2 is a member of A
>> 2) the number 12 is a member of A
>> 3) the number 12 is not a member of A
>> 4) (3 BELONGS-TO A)
>> 5) all members of A are numbers
>> 6) one element of A is not a number
>> 7) A can be defined in intension in the following way A = {x SUCH-THAT
>> x is a positive integer little than 4}
>>
>> 2°) Same questions with the set A = {0, 1, 2, 3, ... , 61, 62, 63}
>>
>> This makes 14 exercises, which should be easy. I intent to keep it
>> that way. I continue after I get either answers (correct or wrong), or
>> questions.
>>
>> Everyone is welcome to participate. Yet, I ask those who are quick to
>> respect those who are slow. To be slow in the beginning usually help
>> for being deep in the sequel.
>>
>> Best,
>>
>> Bruno
>>
>> http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/~marchal/
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