Monday, June 25, 2018

On Diagonal Quantifiers; 1 of 9


          On Diagonal Quantifiers

1.    Variation and Constancy

          The science-fiction writer Robert Anton Wilson invented a word, sumbunol, meaning “some but not all”. He did so to combat the temptation to over-generalize. Sumbunol’s formal definitions are:        
                             Sumbunol things have property P
                    =       Exists(x)(P(x))  and  Exists(y)(not P(y))
                   =       Exists(x,y)( P(x) xor P(y) )
          The last equation says; “sumbunol things are P” is equivalent to “P differs on some two things”. Sumbunol is the variation quantifier; so the symbol for sumbunol is “Var”: Var(x)(P(x))  =  P varies.
          The negation of sumbunol is ollerno, meaning “all or no”, with these formal definitions:
                             Ollerno things have property P
                    =       All(x)(P(x))  or  All(y)(not P(y))
                   =       All(x,y)( P(x) iff P(y) )
          The last equation says; “ollerno things are P” is equivalent to “P is the same for any two things”.  Ollerno is the constancy quantifier; so the symbol for ollerno is “Con”: Con(x)(P(x)) = P is constant.
          I call variation and constancy diagonal quantifiers. I also call them Wilsonian quantifiers, in honor of Robert Anton Wilson.



Friday, June 22, 2018

Evolution of Creationism


          Evolution of Creationism

Language and custom change unpredictably; therefore scriptural text and interpretation change at random. Some of these random re-writings and re-readings are more fit to their society than others; those which are tend to replicate themselves in the next generation better. Over generations, the most-fit random change prevails.
This is a form of Darwinian evolution by variation, inheritance, and natural selection. Or, as the evolving religions prefer to call these forces; individuality, tradition, and the free market.
Creationism has clearly evolved in just this fashion, and within recent history. Its denial of the evolutionary process that brought it into being is a paradoxical part of what makes it fit. But for what?
For survival; that is the one constant in any evolutionary process. Adaptation is eternal; but any particular adaptation is negotiable. Thus a species can go from water to land, or from four feet to two; and a faith can go from pro-slavery to civil rights, or from anti-usury to pro-capitalism.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Systems of Politesse


          Systems of Politesse

The trouble with PC is that it’s a system of politesse, and like all such systems, it is a stupid, absurd, arbitrary, and hypocritical imposition by clueless self-righteous elites. (I call this observation the “Brat’s Whinge”.) But on the other hand, some such system, however stupid and hypocritical, is necessary for the survival of civilized manners. (I call that observation the “Geezer’s Wheeze”.)
Both Brat’s Whinge and Geezer’s Wheeze are correct. And really people don’t mind doing the idiotic humility rituals, as long as those idiotic rituals don’t waste too much time, and don’t change too much from year to year. But people hate to memorize a new list of taboos.
          Pro tip: Never accidentally insult anyone who matters. And they get to say what’s insulting. But who matters changes with the circulation of aristocracies.