Re: Solution! RE: pushpins

Subject: Re: Solution! RE: pushpins
From: Dick Margulis <margulis -at- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 01 Jul 2003 22:15:24 -0400

Sean Brierley wrote:

Quite often, at the office, I am challenged about
this, that, or the other. I like to have my ducks in a
row in advance of such challenge so I can demonstrate
a solid case, even though I'm not going to get my
way--and I only want my way because I don't enjoy
rework, and changing what is written for some
arbitrary preference of somebody else is rework.


While I _do_ enjoy positing a logical-sounding, solid-seeming case for an arbitrary choice, if only for the fun of watching people try to follow my line of reasoning, I also know that when I do so I am engaging in a charade. An arbitrary choice (as the majority of these nitpicky decisions are) is just that--arbitrary. Any convention, axiom, or postulate is arbitrary. It is the unprovable atom to which we apply rules of inference to prove a theorem within a system of logic. Change the axioms, and Poof! the old theorems go away and new ones takes their place. So I hope that when you "demonstrate a solid case" you do so with your tongue firmly planted in your cheek and your fingers crossed behind your back.


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