HOLISM: Utility & Prediction

Ian Goddard (igoddard@erols.com)
Sat, 28 Mar 1998 17:19:24 -0500

A list-member challenged the holistic-identity statement
X=X+~X (the identity of X includes ~X by relation) by
arguing that it does not allow us to predict facts
about nature, unlike the atomist identity state-
ment X=X. That argument is perfectly false

and here is the proof...

SCENARIO: There are two objects, A and B,
traveling in different directions; then
the velocity of A is suddenly increased.

PROBLEM: Predict what happens to the velocity of B.

The X=X atomist-identity theory predicts that the velocity
of B is not altered, since an identity attribute, X, of B
(of which velocity is one) is X free from not-X, X=X.

The X=X+~X holistic-identity theory predicts that the velocity
of B is altered exactly inverse to the alteration of the velocity
of A, since an identity attribute, X, of B is X only by relation
to A, so if the X of A increases relative to B, the X of B will
decrease in the exact proportion -- zero-sum conservation law.
This prediction is true, and the atomist prediction is false.

ERGO: Not only does the holistic-identity theory allow us to
make an accurate prediction about the world prior to testing,
but the atomist-identity theory leads us directly to a FALSE
prediction about the nature of the physical world!

"Relativity" simply defines the holism of identity and the fact
that the identities of A and ~A overlap one another, in exactly
the fashion that atomism denies by ignore-ance of the facts.

Identity is difference, and difference is symmetrical, and thus
identity is conserved, which is to say (as I have proven) that
net identity, or net difference, always equals zero. Identity
conservation: http://www.erols.com/igoddard/matrix.htm

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