Re: Thoughts and Perceptions

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Date: Thu Apr 18 2002 - 18:22:31 BST

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    Dear Wade,

    > On Thursday, April 18, 2002, at 09:39 , Bill Spight wrote:
    > > When you say, "Gravity is a fact," you may mean something like, "objects
    > > fall to earth" or "planets orbit stars".
    > No, I mean gravity is a basic and universal force present in all matter
    > in the entire universe. It cannot be denied.
    > - Wade
    Well, gee, Wade, quote me selectively, why don't you? ;-)

    Full paragraph:

    > When you say, "Gravity is a fact," you may mean something like, "objects
    > fall to earth" or "planets orbit stars". Such facts are grouped together
    > in our minds. That grouping is a concept. You may also mean something
    > like, "THERE IS AN ATTRACTIVE FORCE BETWEEN MATTER, called 'gravity'."*
    > Well, there you have an abstraction, offering an explanation for
    > observed facts. That abstraction is also a concept. You may mean
    > Newton's or Einstein's law of gravity, both concepts.

    New emphasis. ;-)

    As for denying the force, gravity does not seem to be a force like other
    forces, which are mediated by particles. The graviton has not been
    found, and may not exist. In the physics of the future, gravity may not
    be conceived of as a force at all. :-) That gravity is a force is an
    idea, which can be denied.



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