Sunday, November 19, 2006

The Unbearable Separateness of Being and Truth

It takes most people a while to come to terms with how inescapably separate the three meta-categories undeniably are.

You cannot turn logic into emotion; you can only react to the logical with an emotion. If I said, "I am going to kill this puppy," your reaction to that statement is a separate thing from its truth-value.

You cannot turn logic into a physical thing; the electrons that represent this paragraph are separate from the paragraph itself. This paragraph could be embodied (manifested) by being printed out, written in ink, transmitted as TCP/IP packets, a video made of me typing this, or "spoken" in Morse Code, Braille, Pig Latin, or American Sign Language. Even changing the language to Klingon or Quenya or Sanskrit does not change the content of this paragraph, as long as the translator selects equivalent linguistic constructs.

However, this problem of separateness is not a problem for long.

It takes an intersection node, such as the human mind, to react (E), embody (P), or describe (L). Scientific tools are intersection nodes of the logical and the physical. Animals are intersection nodes of the physical and emotional.

Science: L x P
Animal: P x E
Philosophy: E x L

Choice: P x L x E

In Western Civilization, we only punish humans for moral wrongdoing, because as far as we're concerned, only humans can choose. A killer robot or a computer virus would be traced back to its creator or programmer, and they would be liable for its actions. The same is true of a dog driven to rage by starvation and beatings.

Triessentialism is even built into our system of justice. The historic indications of guilt are Means, Motive, and Opportunity, which are logical, emotional, and physical, respectively. Only a triple intersection node (a "person") can commit a crime.



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