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Posted by Tim on September 28, 2003 17:30:51 UTC

from the book "The Universe and Dr. Einstein" by Lincoln Barnett.

i quote:
""The event," Alfred North Whitehead declared,"is the unit of things real." By this he meant that however empty of content their symbols and concepts may be, the essential and enduring facts of science and of life are the happenings, the activities, the events. The implication of this idea can best be illustrated by contemplating a simple physical event such as the meeting of two electrons. Within the frame of modern physics one can depict this event as a collison of particles or of probability waves, or as a commingling of eddies in a four dimensional space-time continuum. Theory does not define what the principals in this encounter actually are. Thus in a sense electrons are not "real"--the event is "real"."

now i would somewhat disagree with the implication that electrons are not real but would agree with the statement that the event is real. at the same time i'd agree paradoxically that electrons are ideas.

regards, tim

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