Thursday, September 17, 2009

Nothing to put under the surface

[just wondering from Object-Oriented Philosophy by doctorzamalek
Why is the phrase “turtles all the way down” always taken as a game-ending slam dunk, even when the alternative adopted is “the final turtle at the bottom of the world”?
If you don’t want an infinite regress of entities, the choices are:
(a) a finite regress to some ultimate constituent of the cosmos
(b) no regress at all, with everything remaining on the surface of human access and nothing hiding beneath]

The taunt on Eastern ontology notwithstanding, the phrase "human access" needs to be defined adequately, given its range from microchip to LHC, from cyberspace to speed of light. [TNM]

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