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Your Logic Is Erroneous And So Is The Proof

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Posted by Paul R. Martin on September 24, 2003 15:38:54 UTC

Hi Richard,

If the proof is incomplete, then logically it is insufficient to convince a skeptic. Of course, for you who are already convinced, no proof is required, so in that sense I suppose the preceding argument is sufficient.

The argument, however, is deficient. It is okay up to the statement,

"So DoctorDick's "Foundations of Physical Reality" paper could just as well be titled "Foundation of Bananas"."

The next statement, however, contains an error in substitution:

"According to the great genius, if you study bananas you'll find "most of physics" there, from particle physics to general relativity."

Oversimplifying in order to point out the substitution error, Dr. Dick defines reality to be a set of numbers and asserts that by studying a set of numbers we can discover the laws of physics that explain the behavior of reality.

Substituting 'bananas' for 'reality', we get, Dr. Dick defines bananas to be a set of numbers and asserts that by studying a set of numbers we can discover the laws of physics that explain the behavior of bananas.

It is incorrect to conclude that Dick asserts that by studying bananas you'll find "most of physics" there.

It is pointless to proceed with this "proof" with such an elementary error right at the beginning.

Warm regards,

Paul

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