On 7/1/2012 2:46 PM, Jason Resch wrote:
On Jul 1, 2012, at 2:07 PM, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net
On 7/1/2012 11:50 AM, Jason Resch wrote:
On Sun, Jul 1, 2012 at 1:20 PM, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net
On 7/1/2012 4:59 AM, Bruno Marchal wrote:
On 01 Jul 2012, at 09:41, meekerdb wrote:
On 7/1/2012 12:17 AM, Bruno Marchal wrote:
On 30 Jun 2012, at 22:31, meekerdb wrote:
On 6/30/2012 12:20 PM, Bruno Marchal wrote:
On 30 Jun 2012, at 18:44, Evgenii Rudnyi wrote:
I think that you have mentioned that mechanism is
incompatible with materialism. How this follows
Because concerning computation and emulation (exact
simulation) all universal system are equivalent.
Turing machine and Fortran programs are completely
you can emulate any Turing machine by a fortran
you can emulate any fortran program by a Turing machine.
More, you can write a fortran program emulating a
Turing machine, and you can find a Turing machine
Fortran universal interpreter (or compiler). This means
not only those system compute the same functions from N
but also that they can compute those function in the
manner of the other machine.
But the question is whether they 'compute' anything outside
context of a physical realization?
Which is addressed in the remaining of the post to Evgenii.
like you can emulate fortran with Turing, a little part of
emulate already all program fortran, Turing, etc. (see the post
Except neither fortran nor Turing machines exist apart from physical
Of course they do. Turing machine and fortran program are mathematical,
arithmetical actually, object. They exist in the same sense that the
Exactly, as ideas - patterns in brain processes.
What is the ontological difference between 17 and the chair you are sitting in? Both
admit objective analysis, so how is either any more real than the other?
You might argue 17 is less real because we can't access it with our senses, but
neither can we access the insides of stars with our senses. Yet no one disputes the
reality of the insides of stars.
We access them indirectly via instruments and theories of those instruments.
Are numbers not also inferred from theories of our instruments?
But not perceived. They are part of the theory, i.e. the language.
For example, computers are instruments that let us observe and study the properties of
various Turing machines, which themselves are mathematical objects.
You might argue the chair is more real because we can affect it, but then you would
have to conclude the anything outside our light cone is not real, for we cannot affect
anything outside our light cone.
You can kick it and it kicks back.
Math kicks back too. If you come up with a proposition, it kicks back with either true
Of course there are many events outside one's lightcones which one infers as part of a
model of reality based on the events within one's lightcones, e.g. I suppose that the
Sun continues to exist even though the photons I from which I infer it's existence are
from it's past.
Explain then why one is mistaken in supposing mathematical objects exist, when they can
be inferred according to some models of reality.
Explain why Sherlock Holmes doesn't exist according to Conan Doyle's model of
Also, how do you know the chair is anything more than a pattern in a brain
How do you know you're not a brain in a vat? or a pattern in arithmetic?
This was my point. You say math exists only in our minds. But an immaterialist could
say the same of the chair.
He could say it, but he would be redefining what 'exists' means.
To escape this we need some model of reality which postulates more exists "out there"
than can be found in one's mind.
Materialism generally postulates more than what exists in your mind. That's how it
explains the intersubjective agreement of perceptions.
Your model seems to assume an external world exists, but it stops exactly where our
instruments and inferences from their observations end.
Not at all. That's whole point of having a model and not just an encyclopedia of data. A
model makes predictions beyond the data on which it was based.
Humanity's model of reality has over the centuries, been repeatedly extended. Therefore
I think it is more conservative to believe there is more "out there" than we can see or
I'm not a conservative.
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