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Posted by Harvey on October 25, 2001 18:38:36 UTC

Thomas,

>>>H: "Nature is mathematical" T: Of course it is, how could it not be? Can you conceive of any natural phenomena that cannot be expressed as a series of numbers? I can't, and that means I find this whole debate a non-sequitur.>The only problem as I see it is people trying to make some significance of that. It's a fact and it means what it means, nothing else. It doesn't mean there's a God, it doesn't mean there isn't, it doesn't mean the universe is deterministic, it doesn't mean it isn't. The only thing you can say about a statistical representation of data is that if you bet on its predictions, you're bound to make some good money.>>When you stop talking numbers and start talking meaning, you have left the domain of fact and entered the domain of opinion. You have stopped being a scientist and have become a philosopher.

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