Dear John, thank you for reading my text!
> > >> Nagarjuna’s thought is based on the idea that nothing exists >> intrinsically. Everything exists only relationship to something else; > > > > Well, if there were only one object in the universe it would be > meaningless to say that object had properties, and > > absolute relativism could not exist because there would be nothing to > relate to it. > > A very interesting point: of course "if there were only one object in the universe" postulates already two objects (even much more, but let's say two: object IN the universe). Let's say just one object: it's impossible to state it, because a thing cant' be anything (an object) without some other related to it, being every identity the description of a relation. > > >> Absolute relativism, however, as we have said at the beginning, presents >> us with some serious problems. > > > > Very true. Einstein certainly did not believe that everything was > relative, he insisted that the speed of light (aka the speed of causality) > was fundamental and never changed, in fact before deciding on the word > "relativity" he considered calling his idea "the theory of invariance". > > > >> The concept of causality can be misleading, because it always brings us >> to consider only a small portion of the causal network in order to obtain a >> prediction. > > > And it also assumes that every event have a cause, but there is no > logical reason why that must always be true, and indeed modern physics > tells us it is not always true. > > I agree! Of course Einstein's was not absolute relativism. > > > >> Does this ballerina spin right or left? > > > That is a interesting example because, although Einstein didn't know it > when he came up with his theory, it turns out that the speed of light isn't > the only thing that is absolute; > > there is a absolute and fundamental difference between spinning lest and > spinning right. > > In 1956 > > Chien-Shiung Wu > > cooled radioactive > > cobalt-60 atoms > > to near absolute zero and placed them in a strong magnetic field so that > all the cobalt atoms were spinning in the same direction. > > She found that about 60% of the gamma rays > > the cobalt produced > > were emitted in one direction > > and > > 40% > > in the opposite direction. This lack of symmetry surprised almost everyone > except for > > Tsung-Dao Lee > > and > Chen-Ning Yang > who predicted it and got the Nobel Prize for doing so. > > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wu_experiment#The_experiment > This is very interesting, thank you for sharing! Bests, Francesco -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com. Visit this group at https://groups.google.com/group/everything-list. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.