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Date: Sun, 1 Feb 1998 20:54:27 -0800 (PST)
Subject: BHA: causal criteria of meaning

On the basis of causal criteria we know meanings to be real.  They
make a difference to the state of the world that would otherwise
have occurred.  For example, words are said and a door is slammed. 
Had the words been interpreted differently, the door, noises and
bodies would all be otherwise.  Or someone stops at a stoplight
because it is red.
What kind of cause is meaning?  Material, formal, efficient or
"What is there just now you lack"  Hakuin
Howard Engelskirchen

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