Re: Evil ?

From: John Mikes <>
Date: Mon, 25 Dec 2006 17:22:26 -0500

On 12/25/06, Brent Meeker <> wrote:
> ...
> >
> >
> > JM:
> > Are you sure there is NO [unlimited] impredicative - non
> > (Turing-emulable), all encompassing interrelatedness? (which I did not
> > call a "whole")
> Sorry. You called it a "totality".

Thanx, makes a difference. I consider a "whole" identified (maybe it is my
feeble English). Is it an essential point:

> and which sure is not 'the whole' with 'everything
> > included into its boundaries', eo ipso NOT a "whole".
> No I am empathically *not* sure - but I agree with Darwin who wrote,
> "Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is
> those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert
> that this or that problem will never be solved by science".
> --- Charles Darwin, The Ascent of Man
> >
> > The separately quoted 2nd part of my sentence points to my doubt about
> > "physics" (or any other 'science', for that matter) whether they are
> > capable in a 'synthetic' effort to encompass ALL interrelations into a
> > buildup step when many of them still may be undiscovered?. A
> > reductionist 'synthesis' works on the available inventory and ends up
> > with an "Aris-Total"-like incompleteness (i.e. that the 'total' is more
> > than the 'sum' of the parts.). Just as a reductionist analysis is
> > inventory-related and so incomplete.
> It is only your opinion that the inventory is *necessarily* incomplete.

Is it? try to compare our (cognitive etc.) inventories of 3000BC, 1000AD,
1006AD, and tell me which year did we reach omniscience?

Brent Meeker

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