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Posted by M.W.Pearson on September 5, 2002 15:56:00 UTC

Hi Kyle and Sam,

This morning I may be boring (sorry!); generally I agree with Kyle's explanations, with couple of notes.
Kyle wrote:
"Which really underscores the utilitarian view (call it pragmatism or logical positivism or realism) that the "correctness" of the theory
is only important up to the point that the theory is useful and predictive— it doesn't matter to the strict utilitarian whether or not the theory is an accurate representation of some independent objective reality."

Responding: We must divide physical sciences from social science here. What "works" for one may work against another.
Person's minds are the most complex phenomena in many ways. Our Constitution and legal systems serve as referee for interests which conflict between persons (or corporations).
Our currency, market and government systems also referee for this. And So, AT THIS LEVEL, we continue to search for "accurate representations of some independent objective reality."
I hope that made sense.

And...Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle can help explain appearing and disappearing particles but Heisenberg, I think you agree, would be shy about
saying he caused them to do so with his Principle.

I offer this hairsplitting because I think prose
can describe relations between equations if we're careful.

I keep forgetting what ontology is. I mean, I barely if ever knew. It's been 26 years since Philosophy 101. Does it mean having an ego? Thank you for explaining!


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