online: 7 april 2019
modified: 7 april 2019
21 november 2018 software as law
i would like to say that law can have a positive effect . . . for instance 'thou shall not steal' can have
the effect of people feeling secure and not uneasy about owning
property . . . giving and taking are very much behind the idea of law . . . and also perhaps
the idea of doing good . . .
i remember that when i began to study software i suddenly realized that it
could indeed be seen as law . . . they are both logical constructions and both depend on books of rules . . .
this sounds to me quite promising and intriguing . . . because it lifts the load
of negative thought and action from that of singular to that of
plural . . . and then to my memory of Edwin Schlossberg's statement:
we are i/we
or we are nothing
it is interesting that scientific proof depends not on positive evidence
but on negative disproof . . .
and F.E. Alexander's theory is that the negative is what holds together the positive . . .
here i feel i am touching the dangerous and the easily mistaken thing .
. . but also the precious thing . . . and the ethical one . . .
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