Re: Laws & Theories

Posted by
Andy™ on Jan 13, 2002 at 14:55

Re: Laws & Theories (Chevalier)

Very interesting questions.
I've never found a law that defines our scales for measuring, but in my humble opinion, I believe it's like this.

It seems to me that the standards for counting, order, measure, time, etc. were defined by humans quite a while ago. Now since, in recent years, pretty much everyone uses arabic numerals it's safe to say that's a world standard. So, basically we count 1,2,3,4 because that's what the arabic system does. If the system we used counted "out of order" like 4,2,3,5,1,6 it would be in order because that's what we used. The same goes for measuring things because standards of measure use a numeral system, namely arabic.

It seems, again in my humble opinion, that the order and standardization is an illusion. We've defined the numbers, the measures, etc. ourself and they work because we created them to fit the situation. Now, I think if we went to warped space, or teeter-tottered on the event horizon of a black hole our standards would be incorrect from one measurement to the next, but as long as we stay to our "normal" space, our system will continue to be accurate because it's defined for this particular type of space/time.

OF course, I'm sure what I said in that last paragraph has been defined as a law/theory by someone, I just don't know the name.

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