Contradiction in Rucker?

Roderick A. Carder-Russell (
Sat, 12 Jul 1997 16:20:03 -0400 (EDT)

It has been a long while since I have read, from start to finish,
"Infinity and the Mind" by Rudy Rucker. I was, however, skimming through
it the other day, and I noticed what I think is a contradiction. It is
located in my paperback version on p. 86, last paragraph. That would be
chapter two, section 3, Infinitesimals and Surreal Numbers.

"I would respond that omega is a _given_, an object of our
immediate pre-rational experience. And to use the tools of symbolic logic
to investigate an _empirically_ existing phenomenon..."

It seems to me that he is at first asserting that the concept of omega
exists a priori. He then goes on to speak of it further as an empirical
phenomenon, certainly in clear contradiction of the first statement. Any
thoughts on this? Could I be correct, or am I missing something in the

Roderick A. Carder-Russell
Student-Computer Science, Philosophy
Specializing in Man-Machine Symbiosis
Suspension Member-Alcor Foundation
Information Systems Consultant-Technology Syllogistics