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I Take A Realist Attack, Just Organized!

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Posted by Richard D. Stafford, Ph.D. on July 30, 2001 20:08:45 UTC

Harv,

I think you have failed to comprehend what I said and likewise what I am doing in my thesis. First of all, I fully understand what your definition of realist constitutes. Let me point out a subtle aspect of what you have said in your response.

Harv: >>> As an illustration, let's say that I was a realist about the substance of the wooden desk that my arms are resting on. In ancient times past, I might have thought that this wood is reduceable to 'earth'. And, maybe I thought the sun was reduceable to 'fire'. I am being a realist about the nature of substances.>Now, we all know that a naive realist view of hard wood is mistaken. Physicists armed with calculators have shown that hard wood is actually composed of molecules, and that this state of affairs is reduceable to atoms, and that is reduceable to sub-atomic particles, and that's reduceable to quarks and leptons, etc.

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