After many years of enquiry I’ve put together an essay titled “It always comes to this (The Final Realization about the Fundamental nature of the Universe)”.

If you’re interested, the essay is located at http://home.spin.net.au/paradigm/this.pdf

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Stephen

Thank you for linking to your paper rather than using a long post, it will make it easier to read.

I'm sorry but I only got to the 1st paragraph before needing to ask you for clarification. Without it I will find the remainder of the document difficult to understand.

You say our understanding of the Universe should be built on the foundation of rational interpretation of observation. However, you do not seem to include mathematics and measurement among the tools for that rational interpretation or observation, classing them as abstractions along with other, unspecified, abstractions.

From my point of view I see mathematics and measurement as fundamental tools in both the observation, and the rational interpretation of those observations. Perhaps it would help if I gave some examples:

Archimedes Principle is an observation well tested by time. As an observation it is somewhat meaningless if stripped of its measurement and mathematical interpretation. Indeed it is its very measurements and mathematics that make it essential to the understanding and design of concrete items such as ships and balloons.

To the layman or casual observer it can appear that some of the concepts of physics are counterintuitive and beyond common sense, but it is worth remembering that this would have been the view of people of Galileo's time when introduced to the idea that the earth orbits the sun.

Seemingly abstract concepts in mathematics can in reality have very concrete meanings. Take for example imaginary numbers, a seeming abstract concept. They are essential to our understanding and rational interpretation of the phase relationship between voltage and current in inductive loads, resulting in the practical realisation of much of our electrical technology.

Even measurements standing alone are not abstract. The difference between a measurement of 12v and 240v is very concrete, if you confuse these you are unlikely to remain either rational, or an observer, for much longer.

Perhaps you could explain why you consider mathematics and measurements to be abstractions and what you mean by other abstractions.

Thank you