Thank you, Donal, for taking my brainstorm seriously. It may, indeed, be the
case that only one of two possibilities can be realized. That does not,
however, exclude the possibility of n>2 possibilities to begin with. Another
important consideration is the stability of the context in which change occurs.
It has long been observed, for example, that ecological systems in stable
environments tend to become more efficient, with the number of species reduced
and the system approaching an equilibrium condition in which simple, linear
relationships account pretty well for how the system behaves. The downside is
that the system becomes less resilient and more exposed to total destruction
when the environment suddenly changes. A tropical island, for example, may be a
nice place to retire — until a force 5 hurricane passes over it.
Weather forecasting and the current use of what are called spaghetti plots in
describing the possible paths of hurricanes are a good illustration of these
On Sep 19, 2017 17:29 +0900, wrote:
s to possibilities and where it pertains to what can be "realized". It may
sometimes be that only one of two possibilities can be "realized", and so
there is a "binary opposition" between the realisation of those possibilities
(though both may exist as possibilities). Where there is not enough 'logical
space' for different possibilities to be "realized", those 'possibilities'
may be pitted against each other in terms of their being "realized" - and in
the real world this is often the case. I don't quite see how John's
concluding remarks help - either in resolving issues of "binary opposition"
or dissolving them.