On 31 December 2013 15:37, Stephen Paul King <stephe...@provensecure.com>wrote:

> Why is this necessary? Sure, physics has come a long way since Democritus
> and his Atoms in a void. But we have reached a point where that way of
> thinking fails. Look at Superstrings, no empirical evidence of anything
> measurable there... Time for a new vision?

Well, perhaps. No one is saying you have to have something fundamental, but
if you don't you need a good explanation of why not!

>> * (By the way, I'd feel happier replying if you'd miss out all the
>> unnecessary quote marks. It looks like you're trying to hedge against being
>> pinned down into actually taking a viewpoint when everything under
>> discussion has to be "quoted" for no obvious reason...)
> No, I don't mind being pinned down. I just often have to use words in a
> metaphorical and not literal way.

Right, but when you say "fundamental level", if you don't actually mean it
literally then we're talking about different things. It isn't a metaphor,
as far as I know it has a rigorous definition - the thing(s) that have to
be assumed in a theory.

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