[ExI] R: syllogistic units and other stuff

scerir scerir at libero.it
Sun Nov 1 07:10:46 UTC 2009

> Seriously though, what do you all think? 

Not sure I understand, but it seems to be
a "relational" approach. Try, i.e., Rovelli
here http://arxiv.org/abs/0903.3832


"Indeed, for me the most important idea behind the developments of twentieth-
century physics 
and cosmology is that things don't have intrinsic properties at the 
fundamental level; all properties 
are about relations between things. This idea is the basic idea behind 
Einstein's general theory 
of relativity, but it has a longer history; it goes back at least to the 
seventeenth-century philosopher 
Leibniz, who opposed Newton's ideas of space and time because Newton took 
space and time 
to exist absolutely, while Leibniz wanted to understand them as arising only 
as aspects of the 
relations among things. For me, this fight between those who want the world 
to be made out of 
absolute entities and those who want it to be made only out of relations is a 
key theme in the 
story of the development of modern physics. Moreover, I'm partial. I think 
Leibniz and the 
relationalists were right, and that what's happening now in science can be 
understood as their triumph."
-Lee Smolin

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