Well, I’ve gone and got myself into another tussle over at Maverick Philosopher, which is one reason I’ve been confecting such weightless froth over here.

These arguments never get anywhere – if it were possible, at our current stage of development, to answer such questions as the mind-body problem, we’d have done so already – but I just can’t help myself. If you’d like to drop by over there and razz the opposition, here’s the link.


  1. MikeZ says

    Yikes! That silly number example almost drew me into the fray.

    – M

    Posted August 28, 2006 at 1:28 pm | Permalink
  2. bob koepp says

    What MikeZ just said.
    As if computers can’t implement recursive procedures…

    But I’m inclined to leave this one in your capable hands, Malcolm.

    Posted August 28, 2006 at 1:41 pm | Permalink
  3. Malcolm says

    Hi Mike and Bob,

    The idea that we are infinite in the way we are arguing about over there is one of those persistent conceits that just won’t go away. I think it is one of the last bastions of real “specialness” we have left, after so much has been taken away by Darwin and Copernicus et al., and it’s hard to let go of. I should mine this for a post.

    Anyway, thanks for the moral support, guys.

    Posted August 28, 2006 at 1:50 pm | Permalink
  4. Andrew says

    Malcom, I like this bit from your last comment:

    “The Earth’s surface is unbounded; a person could wander forever and never find the “wall” that limits it; but it is still finite.”

    Sorry I did not get back to you on the Torture Test post. I am not finding much time to read blogs these days.


    Posted August 30, 2006 at 8:51 am | Permalink
  5. Malcolm says

    Thanks, Andrew!

    I think my time is going to be severely limited too, after Labor Day… hope I can keep up.

    Posted August 30, 2006 at 10:16 am | Permalink

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