[extropy-chat] Role of Observer is not Relevant
eugen at leitl.org
Tue Mar 27 20:38:01 UTC 2007
On Tue, Mar 27, 2007 at 04:04:15PM -0400, Rafal Smigrodzki wrote:
> ### Do prime numbers exist? I have never seen one. What would it mean
Some animals can count, but only people (as far as we know) do primes.
> to "observe" a prime number, or indeed any mathematically describable
You can't. They don't exist, but in people's heads, and in hardware
derived from people's heads.
Neither plasma nor interstellar ice grains can count. It takes people
or computers to do that.
> I feel that you are invoking the razor in vain. It is not intended to
> shave the number of entities but rather the number of ideas we have
> about entities.
Eugen* Leitl <a href="http://leitl.org">leitl</a> http://leitl.org
ICBM: 48.07100, 11.36820 http://www.ativel.com
8B29F6BE: 099D 78BA 2FD3 B014 B08A 7779 75B0 2443 8B29 F6BE
More information about the extropy-chat