On 11 Jun 2013, at 18:32, meekerdb wrote:

On 6/11/2013 1:03 AM, Bruno Marchal wrote:

On 10 Jun 2013, at 22:49, meekerdb wrote:

On 6/10/2013 1:06 PM, Stephen Paul King wrote:
So numbers do not exist?

They don't exist like elephants do. They may exist like Christmas or Sherlock Homes do.

Is Sherlock Holmes a human? Please give us your theory of human, so that we can discuss if he exists or not.

In some reasonable theory of humans, humans possess a body decomposable locally in biochemical components. This is not the case for fictional characters.

Exactly. But fictional characters can satisfy existential propositions: Ex(x=friend of Dr. Watson), because "E" is context dependent.

But in the comp TOE, there are many notion of emerging existence. None are fiction, they have just different meanings; The question, when working in some TOE, consists in being clear on the basic ontology, with a clear (first order) sense for "Ex".

Bruno





Brent

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