Re: Nominalism

From: David G. McDivitt (
Date: Tue Aug 28 2001 - 19:48:08 MDT

A logic-based model works differently from a reality-based essentialism
model. Each is simply a model with advantages and disadvantages. When I
go to work it would be somewhat silly to ask, "Hey buddy, did it rain in
your world this morning? It did in mine."

Realists don't worry about conflict resolution very much. Right is right
is right, right? So if a person has a problem it's a problem with what's
right, right? The point is debate, dialectic, and conflict are essential
for the emergence of truth. Realism gums up the works.

The scientific community has a lot of conflict resolution. There are
many, many challenges to theories, ideas, and experiments. They are
handled through protocol, however. A person cannot just up and say
whatever he wants. But what if a person did have a marvelous new idea
and was unable to express it properly, or overcome political pressure?
Where is the truth then?

Your failure to acknowledge the role authority plays in knowledge is
very short sighted in my opinion.

>From: Samantha Atkins <>
>Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2001 23:54:02 -0700
>So. Do you deny there is one fireball being perceived by all
>the viewers using the apparatus of their sensactions,
>perceptions, concepts and so on? If you do not believe there is
>any external reality, then what possible advantage is perception
>at all? If it is not to perceive but to create a reality, then
>are we only in a dream in your opinion?
>> With all the protocols existent in science today regarding publishing
>> and duplication of results, I fail to see why people cannot acknowledge
>> authority and societal factors in truth and knowledge.
>The duplication and publishing is so we may learn from one
>another's experience and ideas and so that we may verify other's
>conclusions. It has nothing to do with authority per se.


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