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#11 On measurements

Dear Mat,

Congratulations and I accept your excuse. But I ask, How many more of these “children” do you anticipate having? And will their births interfere with more important work like these letters, published on our WordPress site?

To clarify a point from last letter, I agree that ideas have to check out with the real world. I also think philosophers fail on that front quite a bit. When I was talking about hierarchy I was getting more at values, or valuations. In a quantitative enquiry (something in physics) those ways of ordering things can be measured and the hierarchy produced is one of magnitude or multitude or whatever. Uncontroversial. But when that gets translated across to human stuff, value judgements come in whereby measuring some difference between two things generally, inexorably, leads to one being valued more than another. Continue reading #11 On measurements