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 11/5/2012 "Forever is a long time, especially near the end." -Woody Allen ----- Receiving the following content ----- 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 ? http://mindyourdecisions.com/blog/2008/02/12/game-theory-tuesdays-someone-is-going-to-be-unhappy-an-illustration-of-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. -- Onward! Stephen -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to email@example.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.