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Re: AW: VMs: Random Text Generation

Hi Claus,

I think, that VMS and proof are words which are mutally exclusive.Within the VMS context, you can "prove" anything you like.The only thing, you can do is guessing.But no proof.

Wearing my logician hat (it's a nice fit, though the style's a little dated), it's clear that proof means different things to different people. For example, a lot of what I've been doing is far closer to an "art history proof" than a "smoking gun proof".

My idea (or perhaps conceit) is that, by working to identify the VMS' probable time, place, context, and perhaps even its author, content, and audience, we're collectively more likely to be able to build a smoking gun proof on top of all that.

I certainly believe an art history proof is possible - for example, I've been evaluating one particular hypothesis for the last six month, which stubbornly resists my attempts at both falsification and verification. In other words, it's truth state is the Intuitionist logic third value, "not constructible".

Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....

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