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World 3

Kinko?s

1Karl Popper is no longer with us to protest against the simplification I have made with his three worlds. He would no doubt argue that I have confused objective with objectified; that world 3 status should be reserved for objective knowledge, or that world 2 is also capable of holding world 3 content ? these points are somewhat vague in his texts, and I make no pretence of accurately representing his position. I believe the utility of defining worlds 1-2-3 as I have done here is apparent. There are of course other classification schemes ? some of which would also distinguish between types of knowledge based on their a priori truthfulness, or why not a 4th world of the a priori, a fifth for DNA. I mention this distinction because a priori truths, whether they are really true or not, are the basis of all digital computer programming.

2Kinko?s is a chain of stores in the United States where one goes to print and copy documents.

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