[lit-ideas] The Worlds of Sir Karl Popper

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In a message dated 2/5/2015 9:11:22 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
donalmcevoyuk@xxxxxxxxxxx writes:
Waiting for time and  space

Well, space seems to be encompassed by Ldn, although it is a  tricky 
referential expression, if ever there was one. I think Mill discusses the  
denotation (never connotation) of "London" in System of Logic (the logical  
textbook for any nineteenth-century Oxonian student) and concludes that it  
overlaps with what the Romans called "Londinium".
While Donal is 'waiting for time and space', one wonders about Popper.  
Sometime, Popper decides that there are three worlds. He wasn't _waiting_. He  
wasn't waiting for the solution of problems that the invocation of these 
three  realms would create. Perhaps he even relished the fact that his 
invocation of  three worlds would create problems. 
That would be odd, since he thought, Popper did, that solvable, and  
reasonable, problems arise in _science_, rather than philosophy; yet the  
invocation of three worlds, as McEvoy might agree, pertains to _metaphysics_,  
'progress' is, if I may use a mixed metaphor, more obscure. 
There are paradigmatic items for each world as appealed by Popper. W1 is  
the physical world of 'material objects', such as ... Eddington's Table. But  
Eddington was never sure what his table consisted of. He concluded:  
W2 is the world of the Psyche -- something so ethereal that the Greeks  
represented as a female with eternal curiosity (as per Canova's statue -- I'm  
actually studying the libretto to Bartok's "Bluebeard" where the references 
to  this topic may be seen to re-appear). W2 is the world of the soul, 50% 
of  philosophers agree that does not exist.
W3 is the world of objective knowledge, when Popper knows that most  
philosophers take 'knowledge' to pertain to psychology, and avoid 'objective'  
like the rats (This English expression, 'like the rats', shows little sympathy  
for this species of mammals). It is perhaps Popper's most controversial  
There was once a film (a flop in London): "The World of Beatrix Potter". It 
 is in this spirit that I have entitled this post as I have.
So what was Popper thinking when he comes with this which he KNEW was going 
 to be 'controversial'. Was there progress in his view of this. Did he ever 
 acknowledged that perhaps he was (let's say, 'falsificationally')   
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