Re: A one-dimensional universe of sound


Subject: Re: A one-dimensional universe of sound
n_kondon@alcor.concordia.ca
Date: Sun Feb 13 2005 - 22:33:03 EST


A high sheer number of choices is likely to offer more "quality" choices than a

small number of choices.

More good is better. More bad is worse.
Choice is good.
More choice is better, Most choice is best.

SO, in the case where you have a choice between thousands of possibilities, you

may only be "free" to choose 10. But in a case where you have thousands of
choices to make, your freedom is temporarily limited to making choices.

I would choose less choices and have a large number of options than more
choices involving few options. With less work to do, I will then increase my
freedom.

And remember: most is best at being more.

nick

Quoting Steve Layton <dalgas@speakeasy.net>:

> ----- 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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