X-Message-Number: 19919
From: Rafal Smigrodzki <>
Subject: RE: CryoNet #19877 - #19887
Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2002 13:56:19 -0400


One might  ask, are there not situations where the choice is arbitrary and
yours is as good as mine? I say no, aside from trivialities like choosing a
necktie, and maybe not even there. If your basis is explicit and
quantitative, then the solution is always unique, barring trivialities. You
can fool yourself--and that may sometimes even be a good idea--but you can't
fool Ma Nature.

### You might want to discuss this matter with a mathematician, especially
somebody working on extensions of axiomatic systems. Just as there is no
unique truth (or falsity) in Euclidean geometry, no unique and absolutely
true statements can be derived about the physical world. There is no
explicit and quantitative basis for that. Especially regarding matters of
taste and propriety, like what necktie to use, and what physical objects to
consider to be extensions of one's identity.

Nature isn't my mother, either.


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