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Reality Is A Set Of Numbers. Says Who? Says Harv!

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Posted by Aurino Souza on April 2, 2002 20:22:35 UTC

Harv,

There's one thing I don't understand. If you have a problem with reality being defined as a set of numbers, then how come you accept the worldview given to us by modern physics? Don't you realize that one basic assumption in physics is that everything that is real can be made to move a needle in some instrument? And vice-versa, if it doesn't move the needle then it isn't real?

I really don't understand where the problems are. I don't believe reality is a set of numbers, and I'm pretty sure neither does Dick. All Dick is saying is, if you define reality as a set of numbers then you get a good portion of modern physics as a consequence. I have no idea what could possibly be wrong with that, especially since physicists have been doing essentially the same thing for centuries!

I believe it was you who said that math rules the universe. I wonder what goes in your head to make you think that math could rule anything other than a set of numbers. I disagree that math rules the universe, I think the only thing that math rules are abstract sets of numbers inside people's heads. Most of your criticisms toward Dick are in fact criticisms on your own position, only you do not realize it.

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