Hi meekerdb 1) In monadic or idealistic metaphysics, the strings of string theory would be called "real", not the particles they represent. The particles as perceived are called "phenomena". But Leibniz makes clear to state that they are not illusions, they are "well-founded phenomena" that you can perform scientific experiments on.
2) In scientific realism, the realism of physics, the particles the strings refer to are called "real", while the strings that describe them are descriptions of the particles. In summary, in either case, the actual particles are extended in space, while theory is not. However, in Idealism the nonextended or theory is called real, while in Physical Realism, the extended is called real. Roger Clough, rclo...@verizon.net 8/22/2012 Leibniz would say, "If there's no God, we'd have to invent him so everything could function." ----- Receiving the following content ----- From: meekerdb Receiver: everything-list Time: 2012-08-21, 12:19:39 Subject: Re: Leibniz's theodicy: a nonlocal and hopefully best mereology On 8/21/2012 4:10 AM, Roger Clough wrote: Hi guys, ? Neither CYM's nor strings physically exist--?nstead, they represent things that exist. Anything in equation form is itself nonphysical, although the equations might describe something physical. The equations of string theory describe strings.? So how does it follow that strings aren't real.? That's like saying a sentence that describes my house shows that my house isn't real. I agree that string theory (or any other theory) is a model of reality and not reality itself.? But, if it's correct, it refers to reality or at least some part of reality - like, "My house is green." refers to a part of reality, but "My house is blue." does not. Brent ? For example, if I live at 23 Main street, 23 Main Street is not my house, it is my address.? ? ? ? Roger Clough, rclo...@verizon.net 8/21/2012 -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. To unsubscribe from this group, send email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en.