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Posted by Paul R. Martin on September 3, 2002 15:52:11 UTC

Hi Luis,

***Of course, it's wrong,***

Good for you for admitting it.

***this part of my satire was meant to mirror Dick's definition of Time (which is, in my view, wrong).***

Satire is fine, but your view again is non-mathematical. In mathematics there is no such notion as a "wrong definition". A definition is simply a declaration of how some particular symbol, or set of symbols is to be used. You may not like a particular choice, but that does not make it wrong.

You might consider a proposed "definition" to be "wrong" if it is inconsistent with the prior body of concepts under discussion, but in mathematics, such a proposed usage is unacceptable and is not taken as a definition in the first place.

But, nothing more about solipsism?

Warm regards,


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