Kognitive Mathematik

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Inge Schwank

 

 

 

»We do not notice that the concept "switch" is of quite a different order from the concepts "stone," "table," and the like. Closer examination shows that the switch, considered as a part of an electric circuit, does not exist when it is in the on position.

Gregory Bateson
1904-1980
From the point of view of the circuit, it is not different from the conducting wire which leads to it and the wire which leads away from it. It is merely "more conductor." Conversely, but similarly, when the switch is off, it does not exist from the point of view of the circuit. It is nothing, a gap between two conductors which, themselves exost only as conductors when the switch is on.
In other words, the switch is not except at the moments of its change of setting, and the concept "switch" has thus a special relation to time. It is related to the notion "change" rather than to the notion "object".«

Bateson, G. (1980, 4th printing): Mind and Nature. pp.120-121. Bantam: New York.


 

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Copyright: Inge Schwank, University of Osnabrueck
Last modified: 1998 Nov 07