At 09:01 AM 1/25/99 -0700, Dick.Gray@bull.com wrote:
>>The "no group entity" proposition is a fallacy
>Only if "entity" is defined so broadly as to lose most of its
IAN: I defined "collective entity" as "the ordering of individuals in a system." Are you saying that we cannot discriminate the ordering of entities in a given system?
>>inherent to atomism that overlooks or denies outright
>>the existence of holistic connections and structures.
>Nobody's defending "atomism" here. No one here has denied the existence of
>holistic connections and structures.
IAN: Really?! Wasn't it you that said "a collection of objects can't itself be a physical object," and then modified that by saying "Perhaps I should've written 'mere collection of objects'." That sounds like a very radical denial of holistic structures.
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Max Plank - Nobel physicist