[extropy-chat] mathematical induction

Damien Broderick thespike at satx.rr.com
Tue Apr 24 16:12:56 UTC 2007

At 09:35 AM 4/24/2007 -0400, Mike Dougherty wrote:

>I was amazed to see that mathematical induction
>is not scientific enough

What is the relevance of this "mathematical induction" of which you 
speak? Sure you're not getting it confused with "empirical 
induction," when actually (as far as I know) it's a form of deduction 
applicable only to a restricted formal mathematical realm?

>If you have an argument against the inductive hypothesis that
>there exists a state of being that exceeds our current understanding
>of humanity, then please deconstruct it and enlighten me.

"Inductive hypothesis"? Would that be like saying: "String theory 
uses 11 dimensions, so there must be 12, and if there are 12 there 
must be 13... there must be an infinite number of actual physical 
dimensions"? This looks like another category mistake to me.

Damien Broderick

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