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Posted by Harvey on April 9, 2002 19:48:36 UTC

Dick,

***H: 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 D: 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!***

Let me ask you this. Does your 'model of reality' restrict reality to being logical, or does it only restrict what we can effectively consider reality to be? If the former, then I think it is too restrictive. If the latter, then we are not saying anything about reality, but rather only our intepretation of reality is restricted. That would not be a 'model of reality' but a 'model of possible interpretations'.

Warm regards, Harv

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