Greg Shantz wrote:I can send you the issues if you want, Kevin.
No universe that exists or evolves strictly as a function of external determinacy, randomness or an alternation of the two can offer much in the way of meaning. Where freedom and volition are irrelevant, so is much of human experience and individuality.
Materialism arbitrarily excludes the possibility that reality has a meaningful nonmaterial aspect, objectivism arbitrarily excludes the possibility that reality has a meaningful subjective aspect, and although Cartesian dualism technically excludes neither, it arbitrarily denies that the mental and material, or subjective and objective, sides of reality share common substance.
Reality theory is about the stage of attribution in which two predicates analogous to true and false, namely real and unreal, are ascribed to various statements about the real universe. In this sense, it is closely related to sentential logic. In particular, sentential logic has four main properties to be emulated by reality theory. The first is absolute truth; as the formal definition of truth, it is true by definition. The other properties are closure, comprehensiveness and consistency.
Reality, i.e. the real universe, contains all and only that which is real. The reality concept is analytically self-contained; if there were something outside reality that were real enough to affect or influence reality, it would be inside reality, and this contradiction invalidates any supposition of an external reality (up to observational or theoretical relevance).
Since logic is the theory of truth, the way to construct a fully verifiable theory is to start with logic and develop the theory by means of rules or principles under which truth is heritable. Because truth is synonymous with logical tautology, this means developing the theory by adjoining rules which themselves have a tautological structure - i.e., which are universal, closed and consistent - and logically extracting the implications. A theory of reality constructed in this way is called a supertautology.
Sum Contrapositum wrote:First, I've "enjoyed" all the "suggestions" that have been and are being made in this topic so conveniently called "Suggestion List". Make of that what you will.
Now I would like to make a suggestion of my own. How about doing a podcast featuring Terence Witt? If you do not know him he is a visiting scientist at the Florida Institute of Technology doing research on his new theory--Null Physics. He has presented this completed theory in his book, "Our Undiscovered Universe: Introducing Null Physics - The Science of Uniform and Unconditional Reality". I have purchased this book and am currently digesting it. It is an interesting perspective and I would absolutely love to listen to a podcast with him discussing some of the ideas in Null Physics.
There have been many negative reviews about this book all coming from people that have never read the book itself. To my knowledge there has not been any negative reviews from people who have read Our Undiscovered Universe. This only makes me want to hear from the author himself that much more.
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