By Peter Adolphsen
First released with the identify desktop in 2006 by means of Samleren GB-forlagene A/S, København 2006
A mind-bending delusion of technology, philosophy, paintings, historical past, and love. Fifty-five million years in the past, through the early Eocene interval, a surprising burst of lightning anxious a herd of small prehistoric horses. within the resulting panic, one of many horses, a five-year-old mare no higher than a fox terrier, fell right into a lake and drowned. On June twenty third, 1975, in Austin, Texas, a drop of oil combusted in a motor vehicle engine. This tiny explosion occurred simply because the Ford Pinto, pushed through a one-armed hitchhiker named Jimmy, pulled into the parking zone of the bushes Creek residences, domestic to the younger lady within the passenger seat, a twenty-two-year-old biology pupil named Clarissa Sanders.
Machine is the tale of the hidden connections among those doubtless unrelated occasions. Omnivorous in its pursuit of knowledge?every unmarried certainly one of its eighty-eight pages a bold mix of truth and fiction, technological know-how and art?this brief novel relentlessly pursues considered one of life's nice mysteries: the place does destiny finish and accident start?
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Mental representations are but a small part of a greater reality in which we ﬁnd ourselves embedded. Any philosophy which seeks to ground our conception of reality on our own mental representations commits the fundamental error of anthropocentrism, and should therefore be dismissed as fatally ﬂawed. Commonsense Realism The second strand in the argument for scientiﬁc realism turns on an appeal to common sense and the realism implicit in ordinary common sense. By ‘common sense’, I mean our ordinary, prereﬂective awareness of our immediate surroundings and of the broader world which extends beyond those immediate surroundings.
For on my characterization of scientiﬁc realism, realism is committed to a non-epistemic conception of truth as correspondence to an objective, mind-independent reality. Such a conception of truth is surely the key constitutive component of metaphysical realism in the sense deﬁned by Putnam. 3 More precisely, to avoid relativism, it must be denied that there may be true and complete descriptions of the world which are jointly inconsistent with each other. In principle, it might be possible to formulate alternative true and complete descriptions on the basis of alternative conceptual schemes.
Any philosophy which seeks to ground our conception of reality on our own mental representations commits the fundamental error of anthropocentrism, and should therefore be dismissed as fatally ﬂawed. Commonsense Realism The second strand in the argument for scientiﬁc realism turns on an appeal to common sense and the realism implicit in ordinary common sense. By ‘common sense’, I mean our ordinary, prereﬂective awareness of our immediate surroundings and of the broader world which extends beyond those immediate surroundings.