**From:** Ben Goertzel (*ben@goertzel.org*)

**Date:** Sun Jan 22 2006 - 21:56:32 MST

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*> A math system doesn't have to be 100% consistent to
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*> work, just highly consistent.
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The buzzphrase here is "paraconsistent logic"

*> For instance there's no
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*> reason to believe that the human brain runs on a
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*> formal system which is 100% consistent, yet obviously
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*> we all still get along in the world quite well.
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Yet, the brain seems well-modelable using the equations of quantum

physics, which do exist within a consistent formal system!

My own intuition is that modeling the universe using consistent formal

systems is a good idea! However, I can see the real possibility that

using different, mutually inconsistent formal systems to model

different aspects of reality could be valuable at some point.

I don't see any great philosophical profundity in this point, however.

If one is using a formal system to model reality, then basically one

is saying that formal system is a pattern in reality. "Two patterns

in the world that are inconsistent formal systems" is just a special

case of "complementary patterns so that looking at the world using

Pattern_1 makes it harder to look at the world using Pattern_2"

-- Ben

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