RE: Infinite universe

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Sat Apr 26 2003 - 15:03:08 MDT

There seems to be a disconnect amongst various conversants here, regarding
the notion of "existence"

This disconnect has existed for a long time in discussions of possible
worlds semantics in philosophy, and the many-worlds interpretation of
quantum theory.

It's easy to hypothesize a bunch of possible worlds different from our
own -- but are they hypothetical or are they "real"? What does "real"
actually mean?

As a Peircean pragmatist, my question is: What measurement could I make,
whose result would come out differently if these other universe existed,
versus if they did not exist?

-- Ben G

> So how many universes are there in the whole
> metaverse? This is the same as asking how many sets
> are there in existance. So the number of universes is
> not just infinite in a transaleph sense it is
> "absolutely infinite" (whatever that may mean). Does
> this lead us to russelian paradox? Yes it almost
> certainly does. But isnt there always a paradox at the
> heart of everything?
> Simon.

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