“Metaphysics: what it means for there to be something rather than nothing, why there is something rather than nothing, and why there is some specific thing rather than some other specific thing or nothing; types of communities: power and role imbalances both qualitative and quantitative; lexical semantics: laws of non-contradiction and excluded middle, at least for existent entities; classification systems: boundaries and the different entities and differences between entities in opposite/different positions. ” Ned Andrews

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Ah! there’s a nuance there – that may be the connection point: “Conditions predetermine what modalities people can chose from” You see, that’s fine. I consider it “constraints upon a system”. The thing is: do we know all of our constraints? Would erroneous beliefs in constraints that are too limited cause a much smaller set of choice modalities than believing in infinite choice?

 Ah! there’s a nuance
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One of the things I’ve enjoyed about seeing the messaging coming from General Mark Milley and other US military leaders (at the higher levels) has been a rather Star Trek-ish futuristic view of the US military. When he was being criticized by the American Right (he still is), I was surprised at some of the things he was saying; mocked as “wokeness” with Russian memes coming out showing Russia as tough and US as weak (with the American Right agreeing – again – with the Russians memes) yet to me they sounded how they should sound, considering his position and level of responsibility. The messaging that came out of the head of the European something that was in charge of overseeing the evacuation of 122,000 Americans and allies from Afghanistan over a 17 day period had that exact same flavor, a very familiar tone that I’d rarely heard from in leaders and was pleased to see it coming from high ranking military officers – as they’re absolutely responsible for the lives and well being of hundreds of thousands of people on a daily basis. Well, I looked up General Milley’s age right now. He was born in 1958. He would have been between 8-11 years old when Star Trek was on the air, the civil rights battles were likely in the news daily as he grew up; the specter of fighting a losing battle with Vietnam So that very Star-Trekian view of military (Enterprise was a military craft that was geared up for science) showed and I think that’s why. My opinions of military haven’t changed but there’s a right way to do things when you’re in charge of the well being of hundreds of thousands of people and I don’t expect perfection, but it’s nice to see an improvement, at least somewhat. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Milley

 One of the things
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