Philosophic Noodling (was Re: Internet Health)
paul at seamons.com
Wed Oct 6 08:48:25 MDT 2010
On 10/06/2010 12:52 AM, Levi Pearson wrote:
> And whether something
> is "real" or not in some philosophical sense has almost no bearing on
> whether that thing is useful or even calculable.
While I find the discussion about what is "real" intriguing, after some
time I finally give up and laugh and remember what little I understand
of Godel's Incompleteness theorem, essentially that a comprehensive
definition of a system can't be gathered while constrained to the that
same system. I eventually end up at your conclusion that even though I
can't explain everything perfectly, my accepted definitions of them are
useful and meaningful to me. I don't know how time operates
fundamentally, but I can measure it consistently and reliably; and it is
useful enough to me to know that from my frame of reference time passes
by far too quickly, and sometimes not fast enough.
And to return to a slightly more on topic and flame-able subject,
spending too much time worrying about the reality or dimensionality of
time is akin to using a graphics only screen saver that consumes 80% CPU
(it is nice to look at and pass the time but wastes a lot of energy not
getting anything done).
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