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Incidentally David Lewis already philosophized your speculated middle position which is called ersatz modal realism defining possible worlds as merely "ways how things could have been" and relying for its premises and inferences on assumptions from natural language according to reference here and here: Lewis looks at the alternatives to his kind ...


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My interpretation of causation here: Is the idea of a causal chain physical (or even scientific)?. TLDR: No it doesn't make sense. Our best picture is that things like space, are patterns in translational symmetries that various particles share, and time is also a set of symmetries - ie it is emergent. Causality is a heuristic conceptual overlay, that helps ...


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I wonder if you are referring to the kind of thinking of Wheeler's 'It From Bit' doctrine, which suggests logic is the fundamental substance, something like a string of yes & no answers. VonNeumann proposed the extension of universal Turing machines, to a 'universal constructor'. Superficially, it seems there isn't an ontological difference, but ...


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