Some physicists claim certain parts of physics are governed not by the identity of the entities involved but by chance (or partially by chance). This however is merely an attempt to evade finding the actual causes involved.

I remember a test I had proposed in a popular social media site a decade back, when there was a fight on the forum about the uncertainty principle:
Here’s how it went: Here’s a test for your buddy. As him if he thinks that it is possible, even remotely, for K+ to decay to ?+?-?0 (that’s pi, not n), and what is the probability? If he’s blowing smoke up your ass, he’ll just bluster, but if he has a clue, he can compute it.

Certainty, in these sciences, becomes “degree(s) of certainty or uncertainty” rather than absolute knowing. But I think we are right to recognize that there is a (fundamental) philosophical difference.

It is not sufficient just to say A is A. One must also find out -what A is, for whatever our own reasons for it may be. That requires looking, measuring, experimenting and calculating in a scientific context. A philosophy can establish some constraints on science, but it cannot produce science.

And to answer one of everyone’s questions here: no, a potato is not going to be anything but a potato although an electron and a positron having a clandestine meeting will turn into a photon. In this transformation no conservation laws are violated and the effect has actually been observed. It has also been observed that ice cubes can sometimes turn into puddles and clouds of steam. The lesson here is that the Principle of Identity cannot be applied in a trivial or superficial way with any expectation of coming up with something useful.

Which is why one has to devise a thought process in the first place…to understand it!!

The Principle of Identity A is A is logically equivalent to the principle of Non-Contradiction
not (A and not A).

A is A is logically equivalent to not (A and not A) which is the law of non-contradiction.

Conservation laws are not axiomatic but they are true for the physical world, or so every measurement ever made would indicate.

If a measurement ever indicates that a conservation law is violated, either the measurement is faulty, or physics is in deep dark Kimchi.
By the way, the most cherished thing I got out of my years in Korea, and especially in ONLINE and OFFLINE GAMING was KIMCHEE. 🙂

Aniket Warty

Aniket Warty

Adventure Capitalist. The creation of wealth is merely an extension of my innate freedom to produce.

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