[OPE-L:5592] Re: Ockam's Razor

From: Gerald_A_Levy (Gerald_A_Levy@email.msn.com)
Date: Wed May 16 2001 - 10:12:04 EDT

Re Paul C's [5589]:

> I often say that when you can measure what you > are speaking about and
> it in numbers, you know something about it; but > when you cannot measure
>  when you cannot express it in numbers, your
> knowledge is of a meagre and
> unsatisfactory kind."   (Kelvin)

This either represents ignorance on the part of
Kelvin or  taking a quote by Kelvin about
scientific theories out of context by Paul.

Is our knowledge about psychology,
anthropology, history, etc. of a meagre  and
unsatisfactory kind?  What about our knowledge
of cultural studies, the law, literature, and
the arts?  Yet, how much of our knowledge
about these subjects can be expressed in

> One should also bear in mind that the objective
> of socialists is not to analyze the world but to
> change it.

The tasks of analyzing the world and changing it
are necessarily linked.

btw (relating this issue to the one above):  what
'percentage' of our knowledge that comes from
an examination of revolutionary history can
be expressed through numbers?

In solidarity, Jerry

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