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When we came to Trenton, we were ushered into a big room, and while normally the witnesses are questioned separately from the candidate, because of Einstein's appearance, an exception was made and all three of us were invited to sit down together, Gödel, in the center. The examiner first asked Einstein and then me whether we thought Gödel would make a good citizen. We assured him that this would certainly be the case, that he was a distinguished man, etc. And then he turned to Gödel and said, Now, Mr. Gödel, where do you come from?

Gödel: Where I come from? Austria.

The examiner: What kind of government did you have in Austria?

Gödel: It was a republic, but the constitution was such that it finally was changed into a dictatorship.

The examiner: Oh! This is very bad. This could not happen in this country.

Gödel: Oh, yes, I can prove it.

So of all the possible questions, just that critical one was asked by the examiner.
Einstein and I were horrified during this exchange; the examiner was intelligent enough to quickly quieten Gödel and broke off the examination at this point, greatly to our relief."

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Sep 19th, 2017 at 02:43:53 PM EST
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Parallel universes, so Godelian! What are New Yorkers smoking?

There is my official abuse of Godel's incompleteness since recently.

by das monde on Wed Sep 20th, 2017 at 02:24:15 AM EST
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Delegated causality has a self-contradictory flavor of a Goodelian paradox [36] in the causality language. This messes up basic principles for physicalism [42], and Kim's argument [41] against non-reductive physicalism.

the up* and down*, the in* and out*, the reverse* and rarely inverse* or reciprocal*: cartesian axes and real number lines are quite a handicap in communicating unknown quantities and mathematical operations, after all. The concept of infinitesimal "boundaries" is an inadequate expression of being and becoming. How many uh times must it be said until it is not?

I am thinking, when the reefer is undetectable.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Sep 20th, 2017 at 06:52:49 PM EST
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I am preparing a new version of that article, with a revised introduction and a new brave section "7 An integrated view". (Current PDF). Anyone has wise remarks and acknowledgment wishes (over the weekend)?
by das monde on Fri Sep 29th, 2017 at 03:22:55 AM EST
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