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Posted by Harvey on January 11, 2002 16:45:24 UTC

Hi Paul,

Modal realism is the view that possible worlds exist...

>>>H: Self-consistent with what? P: I was in a hurry and didn't think through what I wrote. I should have said "But my understanding of the mathematical answer is that within a mathematical system, 'self-consistent' means that there exist no two contradictory true statements in that system.P: In the cases where [scientists] are successful, the only claim of truth they make is that a particular prediction will have a particular probability of coming "true". H: What about biological evolution and cosmology? P:
Scientists do not (as they once might have) refer to the "Law of Evolution" or the "Big Bang Law". They are both refered to as Theories. This, to me, indicates a refusal to claim any "truth".

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