I think this "basic predictability" is likely to be a human invention, and there are two little arguments for this. First, there's the inherent unpredictability of the universe on the fundamental level. Second, there's the fact that nobody in the world has ever been able to predict the future, in the sense that we never know what we'll find next. A hundred years ago, or two decade ago, nobody could say what sort of things we'd learn about the universe in the last decade. If the universe were truly predictable, then why don't we see a clear pattern in the way it works? If our minds were so in tune with the way the universe operates, then why is it so impossible for humans to understand quantum mechanics? In my experience, the human mind has been trained for one thing only: to propagate ape-like creatures on dry land.KR Wordgazer wrote:What about going back a step from "meaning"? What about talking about the basic predictability of the way the universe acts, which is what gives the scientific method its foundation?QuantumTroll wrote:You once said "We have no choice but to assume the reality of some form of transcendental signified since the universe does seem to fall into line with the meaning we bestow upon it." This touches on my #3. If the TSed is real, then it should be real regardless of whether or not meaning is bestowed on the universe.
That's why I'm skeptical when people extrapolate from the human perspective to the universe at large. For an argument to be acceptably true, there needs to be "independent verification"... otherwise it's just so many words.
I think the material universe is awesome. I'm sorry it doesn't live up to your expectations. Actually, it boggles my mind that the universe can be viewed as "inadequate". We're part of the universe, too, you know! We're also animated bits of planet Earth, so I think our planet is really awesome as well. And think about it, you're here because 3 billion years of ancestors were successful "winners". That's a pedigree proud enough for anyone.I suppose you might say from here that the TSed is the material universe itself. But that brings me right back to the quote from Chesterton I posted earlier:
If the material universe is the TSed, then why does it seem too limited, too inadequate for the TS?"[The materialist] understands everything, and everything does not seem worth understanding. His cosmos may be complete in every rivet and cog-wheel, but still his cosmos is smaller than our world. . . If the cosmos of the materialist is the real cosmos, it is not much of a cosmos. . . The whole of life is something much more grey, narrow and trivial than the many separate aspects of it. The parts seem greater than the whole."
In other words, I found your last statements baffling. Can you explain what you mean?