Re: A one-dimensional universe of sound


Subject: Re: A one-dimensional universe of sound
From: Steve Layton (dalgas@speakeasy.net)
Date: Sat Feb 12 2005 - 21:59:03 EST


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From: "Michael Gogins" <gogins@pipeline.com>
To: <cec-conference@concordia.ca>
Sent: Saturday, February 12, 2005 4:02 PM
Subject: Re: A one-dimensional universe of sound

> In the simplest case I have only one choice, I am not free. In the next
> case I have two choices, I am free. In the next case I have three choices,
> I am more free than with two. With an infinite number of choices I have
> the most possible freedom. This is just common sense.

No, you simply have the most possible choices, not the most possible
freedom. Personal choices from possibilities is freedom, which (maybe
counter-intuitively) is a selective and limiting activity. Or, we could say,
a structuring. And, in realistic terms, a finite structuring.

Given some suitable small number of potentials, the sheer number of choices
is almost nothing as the opposed to the personal "quality" of those choices.
And quality is itself an active, selective structuring. History and
experience show that more does not equal better. And certainly, "most"
doesn't equal "best".

Steve Layton
http://www.niwo.com/steve



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