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Posted by Richard D. Stafford, Ph.D. on March 12, 2001 19:45:50 UTC

Please note how much easier it is to communicate when you get your definitions clear!

As I have mentioned to you before, you are a little hung up on math. Math can be seen as a set of logical relations; but, if you cannot map those relations into reality (i.e., define what you are talking about), the math itself is of little value.

My point is that scientists are extremely careless about their definitions. They, and I am afraid I must include you in that group, generally assume others have already examined those definitions carefully when, in fact, close examiniation on much of it has never occured.

The only reason I comment here is that you yourself have pointed out the fact that, once your definitions are clear, some things can be seen to be absolutely true by definition. If one accepts the definition of life and death above then argument is fruitless: i.e., communication between rational people is clear.

Now that is the kind of truth I feel one can depend on.

Thank you - Dick

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