Questions on Objectivist metaphysics


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Never ever does matter exist in a total self-identifying or self-equal form, for then, no motion change or whatever would arise, the world thought as only in self-equal form is a world without change, without motion, or would be, stated differently, inexistent. The nature of all existent entities is that they are themselves and not themselves at the same time.

I object! That is a flat out contradiction. What is true, is that an entity can be something at one time and something else at another time. What you have stated is a form of one of Zeno's Paradoxes, the one about the motion of an arrow. From which Zeno concludes that motion (or change) is illusory.

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Again, you may think that the law of identity is trivial, but if you look at the history of religion and philosophy, you will find a history rife with examples in which the law of identity is violated. Any miracle demands such a violation.


The Parting of the Sea of Reeds which enabled to Israelites to escape from Egypt (a Major Miracle) has a readily understood identity. A big wind came up and the water was pushed aside so that people could cross. But there is no natural cause for it which is why it is considered a miracle. Frankly, I think it is a good story.

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~ The HISTORY CHANNEL showed that there may have been a confusion re the names "The Red Sea" and a (relatively) nearby area called, then, "The Sea of Reeds (The Reed Sea?)" --- This 'nearby' area is noted as an anomolistic geographical area where adjacent 'seas' occasionally (seasonally?) met for a while...and just as occasionally... separated (in a notably 'dramatic' way).



PS: Darryl: Would you specify an acceptable-to-non-Christians source of information regarding the occurrence of what you call a 'miracle' where the Law of Identity is 'violated' (by a 'benevolent', I presume...Universe-Creator)?

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