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Reality Is A Fuzzy Concept

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Posted by Aurino Souza on September 26, 2003 16:02:36 UTC

The problem with words is you're never sure what they mean. Tim, you have no basis to assume Einstein and Dick would agree as to what the word "reality" means. So they're not talking about the same thing.

Now you have to understand why Einstein was a genius: he was able not only to have very original insights but, more importantly, to transcend the ambiguity of language when it comes to communicating those insights. The point is, who cares what Einstein meant when he used the word "reality"? It makes no difference whatsoever to his theories.

The same cannot be said about Dick. If you don't buy into the notion that "reality" (whatever he means by it) can be defined as a set of numbers, then his paper is meaningless when it comes to understanding reality (whatever anyone using the word means by it). The only thing left are his equations which, as Bruce and Harv have been repeating ad nauseam, are worthless as they make no new predictions

That is not to say you can't learn anything from Dick's ideas. I certainly did. I learned that I had no clue what physics was all about. Hopefully you can learn the same thing.

Good luck,


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