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40 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 16 March 2008 06:26AM

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Comment author: potato 08 June 2012 11:50:05PM 0 points [-]

This post, represents for me, the typical LW response to something like the Object Oriented Ontologies of Paul Levi Bryant and DeLanda. These Ontologies attempt to give things like numbers, computations, atoms, fundamental particles, galaxies, higher level laws, fundamental laws, concepts, referents of concepts, etc. equal ontological status. They, hence, are strictly against making a distinction between map and territory, there is only territory, and all things that are, are objects.

I'm a confident reductionist, model/reality (bayesian), type guy. I'm not having major second thoughts about that, right now. But engaging in productive debate with object oriented philosophers might be a good chance for us to check ourselves,i.e., see how confident we really should be in our reductionist ontology. There are leading philosophers, and other scientists, that are apposed to reductionism, and opposed to correlationism. They have blogs, and are often open to debate. There's no point missing out on talking with someone that see's the universe fundamentally different from you in a way that is technically derivable.