Hi Stephen P. King  

Thanks for the heads up. We ask that question every four
years in the USA-- namely should the popular vote or should
the votes from the individual states  (the electoral vote) decide 
who becomes president ?

In the first Bush election, Gore won the popular vote but Bush
at the last moment narrowly squeezed out the electoral vote and 
so won at least officially. 

Roger Clough, rclo...@verizon.net 
"Forever is a long time, especially near the end." -Woody Allen 

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From: Stephen P. King  
Receiver: everything-list  
Time: 2012-11-05, 13:51:48 
Subject: Re: Emergence of Properties 

On 11/5/2012 1:19 PM, Roger Clough wrote: 

Hi Stephen P. King   

In the end, we must accept a truth, so in the end, 
all truth is pragmatic. We must cast our own vote. 

Dear Roger, 

    Are you familiar with Kenneth Arrow's impossibility theorem and the voting 
paradox ? 


"The executive summary is that whenever there are at least 2 people and at 
least 3 options, it? impossible to aggregate individual preferences without 
violating some desired conditions, like Pareto efficiency. You either have to 
accept that society will not act rationally like an individual would, or you 
have to accept that society? preferences will exactly mimic one person? 
preferences. In a sense, that makes the individual a dictator." 

    I suspect that this impossibility might explain why people are so easily 
seduced by arguments like Einstein's quip: "The moon still exists if I am not 
looking at it!" We always over-value our own individual contribution to the 
definiteness of properties that we observe in the physical universe. It also 
might have something to do with the problem of Free Will and the absurd 
implications of the Quantum Suicide argument. 



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