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Re: Truths
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1262  Wednesday, 8 May 2002

[1]     From:   R.A. Cantrell <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 07 May 2002 10:18:33 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1257 Re: Truths

[2]     From:   David Evett <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 7 May 2002 21:37:52 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1257 Re: Truths


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From:           R.A. Cantrell <
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Date:           Tuesday, 07 May 2002 10:18:33 -0500
Subject: 13.1257 Re: Truths
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1257 Re: Truths

>Absolutely! And if you and I could not only agree on what Shakespeare
>meant by a soul, but also whether or not that idea was "true reality"
>I'd be quite willing to stop being a relativist!

Neither you nor I will ever agree on anything. (Nor will anyone, ever)
Nor will you, in the absolutist sense you demand, communicate anything,
ever.  Your investment in relativism will never pay off. I'll give you
$7 and an old Macintosh computer to give it up.

All the best,
R.A. Cantrell

p.s You will stop being a relativist whether you take my bribe or not.

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From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Tuesday, 7 May 2002 21:37:52 -0400
Subject: 13.1257 Re: Truths
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1257 Re: Truths

Annalisa Castaldo : "Well, the sun does come up, and goes down, every
single day of the year, doesn't it?"

Karl Popper (or someone very like him) observes that, so far, this
hypothesis remains plausible; it is supported by a massive data set that
not only gives the proposition a high degree of predictive power but
goes far to explain why we perceive these highly complex phenomena as we
do.  In the very long run, indeed, there is a further hypothesis that
this hypothesis will lose its force, at the point where the sun, like
other observable stars, goes hyperballistic, explodes, destroys the
earth and all its observing residents, and sinks back into its now dark
self.  In the shorter term, scientifically, there remains the dim
possibility that some unanticipated concatenation of events will stop
the earth from revolving or interpose some opaque screen between earth
and sun and the phenomenon as we know it will no longer occur.  In other
words, the idea that the sun will rise tomorrow morning is not,
scientifically, a universal truth, always and everywhere valid.  The
question whether mathematically expressible "fundamental" operations
(e=mc2, 2 = 2 = 4, etc.) are universal is, I believe, more difficult to
answer.

David Evett

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