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Alex, Mathematics Do Not Rule The Universe

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Posted by Luis Hamburgh on October 21, 2001 20:46:40 UTC


I have frequently challenged your notion that math "rules" the universe, but lately you've dodged me (an avoidance strangely concurrent with my "Dimensions vs. Coordinates" -- ).

However, even if you *do* respond, history shows that you'll first require that I reveal my "physics background." Hence, I'll tell you up front that I have virtually no formal physics training.

Instead of justifying a non-response with a sort of reverse *argumentum ad vericundiam* logical fallacy ("you don't know physics, so I cannot explain it to you" nonsense), I'd like you to address the following view --

"As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality." - Albert Einstein.

If you really know what you're talking about, you'll be able to discuss these things within the boundaries of everyday language (like Dick does).

Your thoughts...?


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