Quora – realist

Are you an ontological realist, and do you believe in the real existence of universals?

I am realist enough to accept the overwhelming evidence that whatever reality is, it seems to be very much more complex than any human mind is capable of comprehending in detail, and subject to more classes of complexity and strategy than any human mind can distinguish in detail (including classes of systems subject to maximal computational complexity, randomness, chaos, fractals and all manner of unknowability and uncertainty); thus requiring a degree of humility in our simplistic approximations to making what sense we can of it.

It also seems probable that there is something approaching a context sensitive balance between order and chaos necessary at all levels for the existence of life and freedom, from the quantum mechanical through all levels of biology and culture.

So it very much depends how one interprets the terms in the question.

I would say yes, in the probabilistic sense (rather than any sort of hard binary sense).

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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