On 1/10/2014 10:27 AM, Bruno Marchal wrote:
But what about Glak, a being in an alternative physics?
If Glak mind obeys to the laws of Boole, and if Glak as a finite body, and if he is
self-referentially correct, then we share with Glak the same sigma_1 true sentences, and
he figures it out (by Bp & Dt) in the same way, so we have the same physics. If Glak
shows us an electron heaver than ours, we can conclude that the mass of an electron is
not a necessity, but a contingency, a geographical fact, and there might be a law given
the mass electron relatively to that type of accessible physics (given that we succeed
in talking with Glak).
But there's the rub. Could Glak's universe not have electrons? Could it not have
electrical charge? A theory that cannot tell us what is contingent and only that
arithmetical (or logical truths) are necessary doesn't really tell us anything. It just
says "Tautologies are true."
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