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Theorems of incompleteness

  1. May 21, 2015 #1
    One of Godels Incompleteness Theorems says that a system cannot demonstrate its own consistency. This made me question human consciousness. We can say we are real, so does that make us incomplete?
     
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  3. May 21, 2015 #2

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    The incompleteness theorem is a technical result with certain technical conditions and technical conclusions. It is not at all clear that those conditions are met in the real world. And I don't know what "we are incomplete" even means in this case.
     
  4. May 21, 2015 #3
    Honestly, I don't know either lol.
     
  5. May 21, 2015 #4

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    The incompleteness theorem applies to any axiomatic logic system that is capable of doing arithmetic. So it definitely applies to the real world. Interpreting it in the real world is difficult.
     
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