Definition


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17/Dec/2013

Definition is critical. It is the basis of society, a shared definition of what is acceptable and important. Shared definitions allow agreements between people. All of science and technology is based on definitions.

On the surface a definition can seem to be a clear, precise, distinct thing. It may appear to have sharp and very exactly set boundaries. Either in an abstract sense or to one or more physical sense. This even applies to duration over time; process.

However, when examined more carefully a definition will be found to depend on other definitions, on a network of concepts. So, it is useless without a defined context; a meta definition.

This does not mean a purely relativist viewpoint. While mathematics is based on axioms it produces results that seem to match (suspiciously) well to perceived physical reality. It is possible to claim that this means mathematics is relative to (human) perception. Otherwise the correspondence would suggest mathematics is not purely relative (however, Godel's work shouldn't be overlooked).

Science is built on mathematics and testing ideas against physical reality. Technology is built on science and (measured) human requirements.

Technology encompasses both computer systems and the software that runs on them. This implies that any computer data needs a context (meta data) to effectively define it. Of course, the meta data will in turn need definition.

Definition on Wikipedia
Meta on Wikipedia
Relativism on Wikipedia

Mathematics on Wikipedia
Axiom on Wikipedia
Godel's incompleteness theorems on Wikipedia

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