Re: Difficulties in communication. . .

From: Brent Meeker <>
Date: Sun, 13 Aug 2006 18:34:30 -0700

1Z wrote:
> wrote:
>>Possible things: possible in OUR (limited) view? or possible, even if we
>>'think' it is impossible (for us)? BTW Harry Potter things are all
>>possible, they exist in "our" universe, since human minds (part of
>>our universe) have it. So are the numbers (according to D. Bohm:
>>human inventions) - they are part of nature, since humans as part of
>>nature invented them with their minds -
> Saying that numbers are invented suggests they could
> have been invented differently -- it does not capture the necessity
> of mathematical truth.

But maybe they are only nomologically necessary, i.e. any cognizant beings
who evolve will come to distinguish and count things. I believe that is
William S. Cooper's argument in "The Evolution of Reason".

In general I think terms like "possible" and "necessary" lead to confusion
unless their domain or context is spelled out.

Brent Meeker

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