On 11/5/2012 10:35 AM, Roger Clough wrote:
Hi Stephen P. King

Infallibility isn't involved. The typical textbook
explanation for realism is, "if a tree falls in a
forest and nobody is there to hear it, would it
make a sound?"

A realist (such as me) would say "yes."
The logician in me would say "no!" Because a sound is something that must be capable of being heard to exist. If no one is truly around, then the noise that the tree might make cannot be heard and thus there is not a sound.


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Onward!

Stephen


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