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Posted by Richard Ruquist on May 30, 2003 19:15:30 UTC

1. Would you say that an epistemological model of reality is equivalent to an ontological model of the pipeline?

It seems to me that the most that can be done is a model of the pipeline and all the possible distortions it can introduce. That's ontology-right?

The pipeline can introduce all these different symmetries, and his model has all those symmetries in it. Therefore, to my way of thinking it is a model of the pipeline.

2. Can you elaborate on how it could be an epistemological model of reality? So far I am becoming convinced that we do not have a clue of what reality is.

My bottomline is that the same equations of physics can be derived from so many vastly different assumptions of what a fundamental reality is- and now Dick claims to have done it with no assumptions at all- that there is no way to know what the foundations of reality are. We can only know that the equations and their solutions are correct from comparison to experiment. The rest is metaphysics.


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