[Humanist] 32.57 when do we stop

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Thu May 31 07:33:56 CEST 2018

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 57.
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        Date: Wed, 30 May 2018 16:58:21 +0200
        From: Dino Buzzetti <dino.buzzetti at gmail.com>
        Subject: Re:  32.56 when do we stop
        In-Reply-To: <20180530054623.798F11811 at s16382816.onlinehome-server.info>

On 30 May 2018 at 07:46, Humanist Discussion Group <
willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk> wrote:

>         From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
>         Subject: being selective
>         In-Reply-To: <20180529053613.E66C417FC@
> s16382816.onlinehome-server.info>
> A member of this group wrote to me privately with the following
> objection to my note about going wide rather than deep:
> > to proliferate "witnesses" -- bits of evidence -- will only increase
> > uncertainty rather than (as hoped) decrease it, just because to do so
> > increases the number of occasions for interpretation

 ​Dear Willard, ​

What would be​ wrong with increasing "the number of occasions for

“Once we have granted that any physical theory is essentially only a model
for the world of experience, we must renounce all hope of finding anything
like ‘the correct theory.’ There is nothing which prevents *any number
of quite distinct models* from being in correspondence with experience
(i.e., all ‘correct’).” Hugh Everett III, “The theory of the
universal wave function”, 1973, p. 134. ​[Available from the Internet 
Archive, at 
https://archive.org/details/TheTheoryOfTheUniversalWaveFunction -- WM.]

If this is true for the physical sciences I think it can be even more true
for the humanities. I would surmise that it is the interplay of diverse
*legitimate* interpretations that keeps them alive.


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