Where I live, Graham runs a philosophy cafè as an academic philosophy outreach by the University of Tasmania. As a facilitator, Graham is rarely able to engage in the philosophy cafè discussions on his own terms, but operates as a middle-man and general categoriser. So I was interested to see Graham's own views in his thesis - or were they?
My aim in this discussion was to simplify matters, and explain that the Universe, meaning Everything, could not be improbable because Everything certainly is. But as the discussion proceeded — from the notion of Everything, to things being causes that include the 'actual' and 'not-actual', and ending on Ultimate Reality being not only the set of actual things — I noticed how Graham seemed to be a third-party in the discussion, making the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy the discutant. So I tried to goad Graham a bit to tell his own view of things. It was at that point, Graham had to bring the discussion to a close for reasons of his own. A shame, as it was just beginning to scratch the surface.
I think the main stumbling block was getting bogged-down into defining 'things' as actual or not-actual. As far as I'm concerned, a thing is something finite. End of story.
Graham definitely had a blockage about logical truths vs. logical falsehoods. This notion far supersedes in sheer philosophical power the notion of actual things vs. imaginary things. It was very much like Graham would make some absolute statement, based on his thinking and not sense-data, then regard it as an eternally uncertain piece of speculation.
Any thinker worth his salt should immediately see that there is no ultimate difference between actuality and imagination, since all things occur in consciousness (A=A). From that purely logical experience, it is easy to conclude that things are finite, and Everything is not a finite thing, and therefore, the Universe cannot be an event or tuneable thing, let alone product of a creator God. But getting there is a matter of courage more than anything.
This discussion is presented as letters, although it occurred by email. I'm aiming to create the mood of a Victorian correspondence, when letter-writing was the careful fruit of much premeditation.