On 1/22/2013 7:22 AM, Roger Clough wrote:
Hi Craig Weinberg
If you knew more about the history of philsophy,
you'd know that Berkeley finally had to admit that the world out
there is real prior to our individual observation because
it is all observed by God.
This is a good example of the problem that the notion of God has;
it server only to act as an impartial observer "so that everything is
real". When we consider large numbers of observers that can communicate
with each other meaningfully, we obtain a means to define 'reality' and
have no need for the excess hypothesis of God as observer. God's role
becomes even less meaningful when we see that the point of view of such
an entity cannot be transformed into that of a real observer that we can
communicate with, as it is somehow special. We learn from GR and QM that
there are neither preferred reference frames or observational points of
view nor measurement basis. This pretty much makes the God hypothesis
Why people would seek to rehabilitate it to play the same role
again for mathematics puzzles me!
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