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Logic Must Be Done Very Carefully!

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Posted by Richard D. Stafford, Ph.D. on April 9, 2002 19:41:07 UTC


***** Harv:
I agree in principle. In terms of modeling the real world we can't cut ourselves off from classical logic. On the other hand, if we are modeling reality we have to be careful that we don't enforce our notion of logic onto reality. As I said before, our notion of logic may only be an approximation

I agree 100%; however, be careful as to exactly what is being said when we discuss this subject. There is a big difference between enforcing our notion of logic onto our model of reality and enforcing our notion of logic onto reality. These are violently different issues: the first is allowed (as the purpose of the model is to provide explanation); the second is strictly forbidden as we cannot logically restrict the possibilities or reality in any way!

I believe this is the crux of your difficulty in understanding what I am doing: I suspect very strongly that you are mixing the two issues.

Have fun -- Dick

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