Marks and Remarks
Food for the Mind and Eye

No. 0025, February 21, 2015


Kinds of Differences

Copyright 2015 by S. W. Paul Wyszkowski

     Things are different from one another - that's how we tell them apart. It has occurred to me that the differences between things are also different. The difference between thing A and thing B is different from the difference between Thing C and thing D.

     "Yeah, so?" Prickles is not impressed by this latest insight of mine. So maybe somebody should investigate how many different kinds of differences there are? "Why?" asks Prickles. It's the scientific thing to do is why. We already have a huge amount of data about differences between things but I am not aware of any systematic inquiry into how many different kinds of differences are possible. "Does it matter?" asks Prickles. Does it matter whether the difference between sugar and salt is different from the difference between red and blue? Don't forget Prickles, differences is where it's at - our life consists entirely of differences. I should say knowing what's possible matters. "I'm not so sure," she says, "do we really need to know what's possible? I don't think we can know everything that may be possible." True, but we can know something and some of what we can know may be critically important to our well being and future plans. Since we don't know what may or may not be critically important, we had better study everything we can. Including the kinds of differences between things. "Oh, OK already," she says, "so what are some of the kinds of differences?"

     Well, we've blown all the time and space we had for listing the different kinds of differences on discussing why we should bother doing it, so we'll have to tackle it another day. "Good," she says.

Copyright 2015 by S. W. Paul Wyszkowski

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