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by philofra
Thu Sep 30, 2010 2:10 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Complementarity & Reality
Replies: 43
Views: 10596

Re: Complementarity & Reality

MacFarlane writes about the evolution of functionality , the functionality of an agent, the ability of an agent to be or become functional through complementarity. He writes that the individual agent on its own does not have the complexity to handle all contingencies it encounters. Thus it seeks out...
by philofra
Wed Sep 29, 2010 8:10 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Complementarity & Reality
Replies: 43
Views: 10596

Re: Complementarity & Reality

The violinist who smashes the violin ends a complementary relationship which was one-sided from the beginning. I doubt that a complementary relationship between a conscious being and an inanimate object is at all possible. The violin simply does not care. Only the violinist does care, very much. Ne...
by philofra
Wed Sep 29, 2010 3:17 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Complementarity & Reality
Replies: 43
Views: 10596

Re: Complementarity & Reality

Nietzsche´s Zarathustra would be of a different opinion and prefer the solitude of a hermit than the debilitating company of blinking over-civilized humanity. That got me thinking about the meaning of hermit and how it might apply to the discussion. Probably there is a connection between hermit and...
by philofra
Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:40 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Complementarity & Reality
Replies: 43
Views: 10596

Re: Complementarity & Reality

How about a solo artist having a complementary relationship with her/his instrument where one day the artist turns on said instrument and smashes it to pieces, turning it into a un-complementary relationship. Or a person who has a stroke and loses the influence of part of its brain, making for a men...
by philofra
Mon Sep 27, 2010 7:19 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Complementarity & Reality
Replies: 43
Views: 10596

Re: Complementarity & Reality

A violinist or a singer can theoretically refuse to cooperate and start performing a solo part.
There will be a complementarity in some other way.
by philofra
Mon Sep 27, 2010 5:08 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Complementarity & Reality
Replies: 43
Views: 10596

Re: Complementarity & Reality

I think complementarity can come in threes and more, like in a polyphony fashion, like an orchestra or a choir.
by philofra
Mon Sep 27, 2010 4:19 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Complementarity & Reality
Replies: 43
Views: 10596

Re: Complementarity & Reality

Robert Oppenheimer, the nuclear physicist, referred to complementarity as psychophysical parallelism . As I understand it, he was taking about human consciousness, with its source being the complementary mind/body relationship. I find the idea of parallelism helpful in understanding complementarity....
by philofra
Sat Sep 25, 2010 6:23 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Complementarity & Reality
Replies: 43
Views: 10596

Re: Complementarity & Reality

Kant wrote, "Idea for a Universal History from a Cosmopolitan Point of View". I am substituting 'Cosmopolitan' with 'Complementarity', for Kant did also speak of it. And when you think about it, a cosmopolitan state is a state of complementarity. In this text Kant writes about the complementarty asp...
by philofra
Fri Sep 24, 2010 6:44 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Complementarity & Reality
Replies: 43
Views: 10596

Re: Complementarity & Reality

I understand metaphysics to be big physics: " the branch of philosophy that deals with the first principles of things, including abstract concepts such as being, knowing, substance, cause, identity, time, and space ." The shadows you talk about are the product of opposites. They are literally blends...
by philofra
Fri Sep 24, 2010 5:46 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Complementarity & Reality
Replies: 43
Views: 10596

Re: Complementarity & Reality

Opposites I would say are complementary in that they help define the other.

I guess there are degrees and variables to complementaries. Nothing is always black and white.

In art and music one can sense the shades and subtle contrasts of complementarity best.
by philofra
Fri Sep 24, 2010 4:23 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Complementarity & Reality
Replies: 43
Views: 10596

Re: Complementarity & Reality

It looks more like a part of it. That's how the yin yang people also see things. Yet in many ways the two can be mutually exclusive. But, on the other hand, each needs the other in order to survive and continue. It's like the two poles of electricity. They both seem inseparable but they are separab...
by philofra
Fri Sep 24, 2010 2:58 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Complementarity & Reality
Replies: 43
Views: 10596

Re: Complementarity & Reality

Some people do have an innate knowledge of what is a complementary aspect. Other complementary aspects take time to evaluate. It is like common sense or rationality. What constitutes them. Sometimes we know right away and sometimes it takes time to discover them. A lot of it is like theory. If it ho...
by philofra
Thu Sep 23, 2010 5:48 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Review: Rousseau's Dog
Replies: 14
Views: 6361

Re: Review: Rousseau's Dog

The one interesting thing I read in it is that David Hume changed his name from 'Home' because he was tired of his school chums rhyming it with comb. Also, that Rousseau wrote an opera, and that Kant referred to the ideas of both men.
by philofra
Thu Sep 23, 2010 4:16 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Complementarity & Reality
Replies: 43
Views: 10596

Complementarity & Reality

As Allister MacFarlane points out in his article Complementarity & Reality (issue 80) metaphysics is made up of complementaries. But for a complementarity to be realistic it has to make sense. For instance, MacFarlane, at the beginning of his article, points out the complementary attributes of a sto...
by philofra
Thu Sep 23, 2010 2:38 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Quantum
Replies: 2
Views: 2235

Quantum

I am reading Quantum by Manjit Kumar from which I discovered the Complementarity Principle which was fathered by Niels Bohr. Imagine the jolt I received when I read Allister MacFarlane's article in PN issue 80 about complementarity and reality.