Re: Mathematical Logic, Podnieks'page ...

From: John M <>
Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2004 16:50:58 -0400

Bruno, I really cannot work this way. I still prepare to reply to your
earlier post (to me) and here I have the repost on the "1st part"
with lots to be replied upon. <G>.

I am in debt with ~30,000 books I did not read. Never will. How much time
may I have left? 30-40 years? (I am pushing 83). Will my mind give up? My
hip did already. (My fingers did not, I still perform classical piano-music
for a local-public audience - next: October).
So I gave up checking on past millennia wisdom and work on the present -
absorbed and developed for myself since retirement. The oldies speculated in
a cognitive inventory of the mind which was much poorer than the lately
absorbed enrichments. I appreciate their wisdom, as 'function of mind', but
the conclusions MAY be old. I am not a judge of that, but can stay out of
such argumentations.
"Comp", "QM", you ask? Aren't they within the mindset of the minds within
THIS universe, which I deemed "human ways" of thinking? Same good old
math-conceptualization. I am talking about something not-matching. Cohen and
Stewart played such tunes in their enjoyable books (Collapse of Chaos and
Figments of Reality) - their "aliens", the Zarathustrans, with their
octimalization (8?). Of course that was still sort of "human" switch, a bit
of Tao etc.

>> "truth" is an object of study by logicians.<< My best wishes for them. I
went through many 'thruths' - different religious ones, reincarnational,
pragmatic natural science, astrology, Indian,
Marxist, Leninist, atheist (who require a god to deny), every one had
something attractive, but...
and settled with my scientific agnosticism: not even the contrary is true of
what people believe. (That really came from politics).
If you go into "variables": my wholistic views allow no fixed conditions and
unlimited variabilities upon which a mathematician friend remarked: "well,
this is a bit steep". Only models can have boundaries, quantities, fixed
qualia etc. That goes also for QM (Comp I don't know, never let it clarify
in my mind). Even "topics" are cut out from the extratopical wholeness.
Limited Models.
A map is a model, a territory a wider one. Most minds (on this and other
lists) work within a certain modeling (we cannot do better, that's the way
we can manage with the material tool we apply for thinking: the neuronal
brain, restricting the mind into "human" logic (oops!).
Is my wholistic thinking inept for achieveing practical conclusions? you bet
it is. We just started to tackle with such ideas, have to find suitable
concepts and (formulate?) words to express them.

>...(UDA) *forces* us to do: if comp is true we have to explain
> the physical appearances by a sort of mean on all consistent belief
> systems. <
(if!) - now the 'physical appearances' are the mind's interpretations upon
impact inknown, lately observed by instruments WITHIN this system of ours.
And I did not ask for "CONSISTENT" belief systems, before I even know what
kinds may exist at all. We know SOME, here and now,
pertinent to our cultural basis (human mindset of the present local(?!)
societal conditions).
I am consistent in my agnosticism. All argumentative support from within is
useless for without.

Now I can return to thinking about math (for the 2nd part reply), although I
don't know much about it. It was my elective in my Ph.D. work (1948), never
used it later, beyond arithmetics, mostly by my slide ruler, while inventing
and implementing a pioneering-worldlevel industrial branch, 38 patents,
consulting (and solving technical production-problems) on 3 continents over
4 decades. All in the simplest reductionist technical common sense
 I am ready for a coffee, myself.

John Mikes

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bruno Marchal" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, July 05, 2004 10:52 AM
Subject: Re: Mathematical Logic, Podnieks'page ...

> At 16:44 04/07/04 -0400, John M wrote:
I copied out some sentences, the rest is in the archives.
Received on Mon Jul 05 2004 - 17:03:33 PDT

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