Hi Bruno, I just found this statement that captures the basic idea at the root of how Prattian Dualism "works":
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_space Stone spaces Each Boolean algebra <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boolean_algebra> B has an associated topological space, denoted here S(B), called its Stone space. The points in S(B) are the ultrafilters <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultrafilter> on B, or equivalently the homomorphisms from B to the two-element Boolean algebra <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two-element_Boolean_algebra> . The topology on S(B) is generated by a basis <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basis_(topology)> consisting of all sets of the form where b is an element of B. For any Boolean algebra B, S(B) is a compact <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compact_space> totally disconnected <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Totally_disconnected> Hausdorff <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hausdorff_space> space; such spaces are called Stone spaces (also profinite spaces). Conversely, given any topological space X, the collection of subsets of X that are clopen <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clopen_set> (both closed and open) is a Boolean algebra. Representation theorem A simple version of Stone's representation theorem states that any Boolean algebra B is isomorphic to the algebra of clopen subsets of its Stone space S(B). The full statement of the theorem uses the language of category theory <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category_theory> ; it states that there is a duality <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duality_of_categories> between the category <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category_theory> of Boolean algebras <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boolean_algebra_(structure)> and the category of Stone spaces. This duality means that in addition to the isomorphisms between Boolean algebras and their Stone spaces, each homomorphism from a Boolean algebra A to a Boolean algebra B corresponds in a natural way to a continuous function from S(B) to S(A). In other words, there is a contravariant functor <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contravariant_functor> that gives an equivalence <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equivalence_(category_theory)> between the categories. This was the first example of a nontrivial duality of categories. The theorem is a special case of Stone duality <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_duality> , a more general framework for dualities between topological spaces <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Topological_space> and partially ordered sets <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partially_ordered_set> . The proof requires either the axiom of choice <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axiom_of_choice> or a weakened form of it. Specifically, the theorem is equivalent to the Boolean prime ideal theorem <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boolean_prime_ideal_theorem> , a weakened choice principle which states that every Boolean algebra has a prime ideal. *** Please note the direction of the mappings between a pair of Boolean algebras and a pair of Stone spaces! They flow in opposite directions. This is the essence of the duality between Time and Logic. A -> B iff S(A) <= S(B) When we sum over all of the possible arrows, the notion of direction itself vanishes, thus one could misunderstand this as the vanishing of Time but it is not, it is only that the possibility of measuring change has vanished. Change in-it-self as eternal Becoming exists nonetheless. Onward! Stephen P. King -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to everything-l...@googlegroups.com. To unsubscribe from this group, send email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en.