Bruno Marchal wrote:
> On 14 Aug 2009, at 09:11, Rex Allen wrote:

>>>> Uncaused things can't be explained.  They just are.
>>>> So what causes the complexity and structure of the things that I am
>>>> conscious of?  Nothing.  That's just the way my experience is.
>>> ? I can't accept this, because I am interested in the how and why of
>>> complexity of things and happenings.
>> So you can look for patterns in what you observe, and interesting ways
>> to represent what you have observed in the past.
> Not just that. I look for understanding. I criticize enough the  
> scientists who confuse description and prediction with explanation.

I disagree that this a confusion.  A description of something you don't 
understand in 
terms of something you do understand is one form of explanation.  The ability 
to predict 
is an excellent measure of understanding.  I think the only confusion comes 
conflating different kinds of explanation or thoughtlessly switching from one 
to another. 
I would say that your explanation of the world is a descriptive one and basing 
it on 
arithmetic is appealing because we understand arithmetic.  And I think you 
agree that if 
it makes false predictions it fails as an explanation.


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