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Question 5: What Is An Explanation If Physical Is Undefined?

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Posted by Harvey on October 24, 2004 15:23:12 UTC

"presumes that that the concept "physical" has already been defined. You are assuming that the meaning of this "symbol, word or collection of letters (or for that matter, collection bits transmitted over the internet)" is perfectly understood by both parties involved in the communication and is not a piece or parcel of A "that which is to be explained".

An explanation is that which explains physical things (e.g., the electrical shock coming from rubbing your feet on carpet was something that still needed to be 'explained' in the 17th century). I don't know what you want 'explanation' to mean if you cannot refer to physical things.

Question 5: Assuming that the term 'physical' is undefined, please define the term 'explanation' without referring to another undefined concept? In short, what is an 'explanation' if we can't refer to physical things?

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