Notes

-One important sense of “meaning” is simply “good”, or perhaps it is a way of speaking of some sense of the good. Certainly most questions about the meaning of life, the universe and everything are really just questions whether life is good. In these cases, “Meaning” seems to be the approved way to discuss questions about the good.

-One sense of universal cause is just what the thing is. If we find out that X is what heat is, and X is different from fire, mammal blood, and the Mojave in July, then X counts as the universal cause of all these. But this is universality in the formal order – Aristotle wanted more to speak of universality in the order of agents. Here it seems harder to get a clear universal cause in nature, though we have them clearly in human affairs – the mastermind of a conspiracy is more a cause of the crime than the goons who pull it off.

My 7yo Daughter: Zero is the only number that adds to itself.

Me: What do you mean?

D: One and anything else aren’t one, except when you add zero; and zero is the only thing that when you add zero to it, stays zero.

M: So what do you think this says about zero as a number?

D: it’s a sorta number. We could call it a fumber. Or a mumber.

-0+0=0 is interesting to consider in light of the axiom that the whole is greater than the part. The infinite is another case, though the problems with the infinite and equations happen more quickly (with zero, they really only occur with division.)

-Adding nothing can’t be simply the same as not to add.

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1 Comment

  1. pck said,

    June 27, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    “Adding nothing can’t be simply the same as not to add.”

    This is correct within the practices of mathematics. But understood as an action outside of the paper world, the two are either the same, or the expression “adding nothing” is nonsensical, depending on how “adding nothing” is understood.


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