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The Problem Is With The Assumption Itself

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Posted by Harvey on April 11, 2002 21:48:00 UTC


You can make an assumption such as "we will not exclude the seemingly impossible". That is a valid assumption. However, one of your other assumptions is "everything I will present will be true by definition" ("Foundations", by R.Stafford, Chapter I, Part III -- The Approach).

If everything in the paper is true by definition, then how can "reality be a set of numbers" be true by definition when the concept of a number hinges upon 'numbers' existing 'out there'? This is not a fact that is true by definition. It is quite possible that numbers don't exist, but are only abstract representations by humans. Nominalists are well-known for their attacks against Platonists for holding to universals, pi in the sky, etc.

Warm regards, Harv

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