Re: A one-dimensional universe of sound


Subject: Re: A one-dimensional universe of sound
From: Michael Gogins (gogins@pipeline.com)
Date: Sat Feb 12 2005 - 22:12:27 EST


There is no quality without quantity. Quantity makes quality possible. In
this case, "most" does equal "best". Of course a personal choice is executed
when one selects, whether from a finite or infinite set, a particular
possibility. I am not denying that. I am saying that before the selection is
made, more choices means more freedom.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Layton" <dalgas@speakeasy.net>
To: <cec-conference@concordia.ca>
Sent: Saturday, February 12, 2005 9:59 PM
Subject: Re: A one-dimensional universe of sound

> ----- Original Message -----
> 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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