lesterDELzick at worldnet.att.net (Lester Zick) wrote in message news:<413c719f.22600721 at netnews.att.net>...
> First Causes
>> The only thing proven of itself as the source and first cause of
> everything are differences and cognates of differences. And it is
> in terms of these elements that the categories of being are to be
> examined and explained in strict mechanical terms of one another.
Could there be differences without space and time? Could there be
differences without two things to be different? Could there be
differences without a function to evaluate the difference?
How can difference be primary when it is secondary to all these other
If a difference is a thing in itself then why isn't the first cause
'things' not differences?
Postmodernism is a version of the old intellectual game where you
'prove' black and white are the same by suggesting that white is 'only
known' by its difference from black and black is 'only known' by its
difference from white 'therefore' they are the same. Post modernists
got hold of this and realised that if it tricks 80% of people then
they could make careers out of it.
Knowledge actually works by 'not different'. Only one thing is not
different from a particular thing but all other things are different
from it. Properties that are 'not different' across several things
provide a basis for classification. In fact not difference and
difference are just relations, in systems science 'contains' or 'does
not contain' is preferred to stress the generality of classification.
It also points out the geometrical character of classification which
leads us seamlessly into maths and physics. Difference leads us