[Paleopsych] joel--time, distinction-making, and aggregation
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Sun Sep 4 03:04:35 UTC 2005
In a message dated 9/3/2005 1:04:43 PM Eastern Standard Time,
isaacsonj at hotmail.com writes:
Yes. In my process the opposites are termed generically "quids" and
In one-dimension, quids are broken lines and quods are continuous lines;
very much like generalized yin and yang. And the whole process may be
viewed as a generalized yin/yang system.
One subtle thing to be kept in mind. Quid/quod (or separation/aggregation)
are derived (or emergent) attributes from more primitive activities that
distinction-making. So, ultimately (recursive) distinction-making is the
of all there is.
hb: this is hearty meat for thought. What is reponsible for the
distinction-making process? What is its origin? Is time the maker of distinctions and
of aggregations? Is time some sort of algorithm, a basic rule, for the
extraction of new distinctions and aggregations from the data of the previous
recursion, extracting implications from the previous instant of Planck time?
Or, to put it differently, does time follow rules? Are those rules more
complex than just "take the next step"? How does time extract the implicit and
make it explicit? How does it translate what was into what is? Then how does
it do it all over again? Is time a process, a mechanism? Is it something
we can't comprehend with our current tool kit of metaphors?
This is really a quesion the paper Pavel Kurakin and I have written moves
toward answering in a very primitive and speculative way:
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