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By George Dennis O'Brien

"Professor O'Brien has ... played a beneficial and well timed carrier in delivering this transparent and stimulating statement at the creation to the Philosophy of background, within which he seeks to teach how Hegel's account of philosophical background stands on philosophical suggestions built elsewhere."—Leon Pompa, occasions Literary complement

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Indeed, dependence on the kind of attributes is the thread that all generalizations in and out of science depend upon, provided that deductive inferences are correctly made. Paraphrasing Leibnitz’ law, one can say that any two or more entities are exactly identical if they share every attribute. Hence, two or more entities are totally different exactly if they have no attribute in common. One can then define similarity as sharing some, but not all, attributes by any two or more entities. The classification of entities into diverse classes is accomplished by establishing the relation of similarity between any two members of the class.

Is it possible that a known Universe and everything in it has been programmed? Quite likely. Could it have been the Ultimate Source of All where the programming originated? It is logically possible. Is it possible for the Programmer to intervene in the operations of the program? It is logically possible but empirically unlikely. Could there be an appeal from within the programmed existence to the Programmer? It is logically possible but empirically unlikely. The Biosphere The Earth is a component of the solar system that in turn is a component of a multi-billion collection of stars, the Milky Way Galaxy.

It follows that no universally applicable method for deciding whether an attribute expressed by the predicate “so and so is true” can be associated with an entity or not. Furthermore, even the definition of truth cannot be formulated in the same language as the sentences formulated expressing true statements. ” cannot be answered in an existential context. The results from recursive arithmetic extended to include all the entities in the universe show that not even all existential questions are decidable in the existential context.

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