Kathryn Blackmond Laskey schrieb:
>> However, at any give time science may have alternative explanations
>> about phenomena so we'd have to formalize these also and they are
>> competing theories of truth.
>> Something like "snow is white" "snow is grey" (when it's in the road for
>> a while), etc.
Just a minor, but I think important, remark in relation to what you say
> A better example: "Light is a particle" versus "Light is a wave."
> Each of those competing theories could be formalized consistently,
> but they were mutually inconsistent.
> Quantum theory resolved the inconsistency, and the original theories
> emerge as special cases of the new theory under appropriate
> assumptions. That is, they aren't inconsistent (03)
The *original* theories - which have no domain limitations - are still
inconsistent; and will forever be! Only some kind of counterparts to
them "emerge as special cases of the new theory". (04)
> -- each is an
> approximation that works well in its respective domain of
> Today we have "Matter is a quantum wave function evolving in time
> according to Schrodinger's equation" versus "Matter warps spacetime".
> These theories are mutually inconsistent -- when you try to create a
> wavefunction for macroscopic systems that warp spacetime, you get
> divide-by-zero errors.
> Most physicists think there will some day be a new theory that
> resolves the inconsistency and out of which the other theories emerge
> as special cases.
>> But given Kathy's idea of logical consistency, doesn't it become
>> important that someone who knows about Botony is likely to be thinking
>> more consistently than some non-Botanist thinking about plants? Could
>> be anyone. Are they all Tarskian at heart?
> I didn't say botanists were Tarskian at heart. At heart they are
> botanists!!! But if they are logically consistent botanists, I could
> develop an axiom system and Tarskian model that was a pretty good
> approximation to the phenomenonogy of their assertions. That does NOT
> mean it is a good model of their actual throught processes!
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