Re: virus: KMO quotes Plato
Thu, 31 Oct 1996 01:40:06 -0600 (CST)

On Wed, 30 Oct 1996, Kevin M O'Connor wrote:

> This is a response to one of Jason's recent posts:
> Objective reality is a state of affairs. States of affairs are not the
> kinds of things which have truth values. Propositions about states of
> affairs are the kinds of things which have truth values. To equal
> Absolute Truth (a proposition) with Objective Reality (a state of
> affairs) is equivilant to claiming that an apple is true or the annual
> rainfall in the Amazon basin is false.
> Objective reality is not the kind of thing which can be true or false.
> It is what it is. Statements about objective reality can be said to have
> a truth value, or in the case of science, a degree of accuracy.
> Take care. -KMO

[Verifiablity just went out the window....CRASH. Tinkling.]

On the other hand, Absolute Truth is so much more concrete than the
lesser varieties, that it is plausibly ludicrous to claim that Absolute
Truth is describable as a proposition. I.e., Absolute Truth does not
obviously have a truth value, since it is constructed as a noun rather
than as a sentence--declarative, question, or exclamation.

In this sense, Absolute Truth could be a proper part of Objective Reality
[perhaps what Objective Reality takes foundation in.]

/ Towards the conversion of data into information....
/ Kenneth Boyd