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Posted by Luis Hamburgh on September 10, 2001 23:46:24 UTC

Hello Harvey,

Why talk about ontology or epistemology at all? That ontology is a metaphysical discussion was a main point in my previous post. Further, the incompatibility of epistemology and empiricism is an explored point in many of my posts. No one ‘knows’ reality, outside of some fundamental assumption, i.e., some theory.

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- The question ‘why is mathematics effective?’ is inherently ontological. By posing “why” – instead of “how,” for example -- you project meaning onto the effectiveness of mathematics. But mathematics does not impose this question upon itself. There is no postulate (that I know of) for, ‘why mathematics is so effective.’ The ontologist (sic) projects meaning onto mathematics with questions like this one.

- Observations are just observations. The tendency to step outside of observation, and anthropomorphize everything we observe, is an impingement upon empirical study.

- Godel's Incompleteness Theorem illustrates how ZFC is either inconsistent or incomplete.

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>>>”Well, couldn’t you say that about *any* scientific theory as well?”>”How would an observation be an observation unless meaning were somehow ascribed?”

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