On 14 Jan 2014, at 00:42, Edgar L. Owen wrote:


Sigh.... Now we have several people complaining because I haven't offered a 'formal theory'. However not a single one of the complainers has themselves offered a formal theory even though they are continually offering theories of their own, none of which are formalized. Is that fair?

The only person on this group who has a formal theory that I'm aware of is Bruno. No one else? You don't have one of your own but you are criticizing me because I don't have one?

What you guys don't seem to understand is that whether a theory accurately describes reality or not is a much more important criterion than whether that theory is formalized or not. Physics described reality quite accurately for years before it reached its current degree of formalization and that's why it was accepted.

Physicists have not yet formal theory. Like all scientists they work informally.

Doesn't really matter whether you have a formal theory or not if there is no connection to reality now does there? Bruno's theory is apparently quite tightly formalized

The main reasoning is not formal (UDA), yet rigorous. "formalizing" in logic, just mean "interviewing some machine", usually in case where the machine is plausibly sound (like PA, ZF).

but I see none of the required actual consistency with reality to indicate it actually applies to reality at all.

Bruno's theory may itself be logically consistent, but I see no consistency with actual reality.

Nobody can see or prove consistency of a monist TOE (which include the maker of the theory).

The question should be "do you see an inconsistency"?

Mine on the other hand is entirely consistent with actual reality

Then you cannot belong as object of talk in your theory, and your theory cannot be fundamental (unless you explicitly make it dualist, or "highly non computationalist).

because it clearly states that the computations of its computational reality are precisely what is actually necessary to compute the real processes of nature, whatever they are.

terms like "necessay", "actually" "real" "processes", "nature" must be defined. Anad as you do NOT use the satandard mathematical notion of computation, you should (re)defined that term too.

Bruno's on the other hand makes the wild and unsubstantiated assumption that all possible math is 'out there' in reality somehow even if it's doing nothing.

I do not that assumption. tegmark does it, but I have criticize it as non sense many times on this list.

I assume only that "17 is prime" is independent of me and you. *All* scientist assumes this. Even you assume this when mentioning for example the quantum vacuum. If you can define it without assuming arithmetical realism, then publish a paper, because that would be a big discovery.

A very improbable assumption there is no empirical evidence for whatsoever.

It is even inconsistent. But I do not assume it.

Doesn't matter in the least if the logical consequences of that initial assumption are tight and valid (a formalized theory) if the assumption itself isn't.

I just hope you guys understand what I'm saying is a basis of scientific method.

I doubt that this is the case. We still don't know you basic assumptions. You don't have a theory, even an informal one.

Doesn't matter so much if a theory is formalized. What matters is its explanatory power and consistency with actually observed phenomena.

It must make sense before. Non sensical theory have easily a lot of explanatory power, but it eventually explains to much and appear inconsistent.



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