Re: virus: maxims and ground rules and suppositions

Eric Boyd (
Fri, 14 May 1999 23:45:56 -0400


TheHermit <> writes:

The universe is defined as the set of all things real and imaginary.

I disagree. The universe only contains real things. Some of these real things have imaginary ideas (some of which are representations of imaginary objects), but the universe doesn't contain those imaginary objects -- only the *representations*. And those representations are embedded in a frame of reference defined by the beings possessing the ideas...

The universe does not contain *real* circles.

Any instance of a circle will be a "true" instance if it works well enough for the purposes for which it is instantiated.

Being an engineer, I see your point -- but I think it's more accurate to say that if it works "well enough", then it's a "true enough" instance of a circle.