Everything posted by Abhijeet Melkani
Let me further elaborate my position: The same physical entity can be classified into the different categorical concepts of ... -> furniture -> chair -> rocking chair ... according to the level of measurements you choose to retain/omit. Similarly, a physical entity can be treated, in science, as a member of different categorical concepts/mathematical models depending on what level of coarseness of information we are interested in. ...-> ideal-gas-molecule -> molecule-with-internal-properties-like-magnetic-moment -> many-body-quantum-system-of-n-dimensions -> ...
Measurement-omission in mathematical models.Mathematical models are special kind of models and they too involve particular measurement omissions and the preservation of generalities of special-case events/objects of reality.These measurement omissions in the physical context must be dictated essentially by the scale of time and change-magnitude:1) The lower bound of the energies that can be measured. Eg: The fine structure of hydrogen-spectrum can be omitted.2) The lower bound to the frequency of recurrence of events that can be measured. Eg: The rotation of the earth about its axis is too slo
For some time I have been having qualms about how Objectivist ethics was formulated by Ayn Rand.Her argument starts with the idea that the fundamental choice, without which no other choice is even possible, is the choice of life over death. (Since only a living being can make any further choices). But I do not see how that makes life the ultimate value - in the sense of the exclusive standard of morality. Life is, granted, necessary for the pursuit of any other values, but is life (and all other values based on the standard of life) sufficient? In other words, after having achieved that which