[FOM] The ghost of Berkeley

Eray Ozkural examachine at gmail.com
Sat Feb 18 23:28:57 EST 2006

On 2/18/06, Mark Bridger <mark_bridger at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Perhaps the belief in the actual existence of (say)
> infinite sets is no different from the non-departed "ghost" still
> central to the religious experience?

Belief in anything without an empirical foundation is just like
religion. I cannot see much epistemological difference. Thus, there
seems to be a distinction between statements about finite sets
and statements about infinite/uncountable/etc. sets none of which
have ever been "observed" until now. [*]

Best Regards,

[*] There are some current physical theories that seem to posit an
infinite past, but I am not certain how much of an observation
we may take those to be.

Eray Ozkural (exa), PhD candidate.  Comp. Sci. Dept., Bilkent University, Ankara
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