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Posted by Luis Hamburgh on September 2, 2002 20:58:36 UTC

Paul,

>>>"Would you please explain why you chose to ignore a simple question I asked you?"

First of all, Stafford's paper is a mathematical trick based within a faulty understanding of space-time. I mean, he doesn't even understand that t=0 for the "beginning" of any and all phenomena! I even understand this!

Now, to call his paper solipsist, as I have, is actually a form of flattery. The paper is just a complicated trick, really. Remember a couple years ago that "formula" whereby you could think of a number, bump it against the current year, and arrive back at you birthday and the number you'd originally thought of? It seems to me Stafford's paper is the same sort of mathematical 'sleight of hand,' only a lot more involved. The results are consistent because his "theorems" are designed much like the little trick I presented in "Stick Dafford, DhP."

However, solipsism is technically the strict separation of "self" from any- and everything that the "self" may consider. Stafford sets this division up early on, though his terms are reversed (calling the universe "physical reality"). You might say it's a "reverse" solipsism.

Or, you might say it's a pile of cow manure.

-LH

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