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As I understood it, Gould's point was that the answer to the question "How long is the coast of Maine?" depends on what you're using to measure the coast of Maine.  There is no "answer", there are only the answers that your measuring equipment--and the object(s) being measured can give you.

(Which I think links to Fran's point about right brain-left brain.  The left brain uses langauge and linear models, and anything that can't be explained via language and linearity "makes no sense" = "is nonsense" to the left brain.  The right brain experiences differently, and sees the limits of language...back to Wittgenstein's point: language has its limits as an experiential tool.

Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.

by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Tue Oct 17th, 2006 at 04:29:01 PM EST
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