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March 13, 2007

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Bus Passenger

I had a little background info on Popper before reading this book and I'd given a superficial once-almost-all-the-way-through to Wittgenstein's Tractatus on the net. It was entertaining, Edmonds et. al., not the Tractatus, haha, but it doesn't provide much more than brief outlines on each man's theories. I was hoping that it'd dig more into their philosophies. Pioneer in the field of quantum computing and champion of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum physics, David Deutsch, extolls Popper's contributions to the understanding of science in his book, The Fabric of Reality. He kinda corrects Popper's ideas (so he claims) by placing more emphasis on science as a tool for generating progressively better explanations, re Truth, or the nature of reality. I'm only familiar w. Popper by way of others' opinions regarding his work. But it seems to me that Popper was skeptical about science's ability to arrive at bona fide, capital T, Truth. Can you elaborate on this, please. . . Thanks! B. Passenger

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