
Best Laws Know No Bounds
SS51000 (SS51@NEMOMUS.BITNET)
Mon, 11 Sep 1995 11:01:36 CDT
I cannot share M. Carson's impression that all laws have spatiotemporal
bounds. Gravitatational force, for example, is directly proportional to
the product of mass, and inversely proportional to the square of
distance, for all times and places *as far as we know*. This ought not
be confused with a proposition such as "All apples in this barrel are
red." Indeed, the fact that we know that all apples are not red, and
that we therefore know this proposition to be spatiotemporally
constrained, suggests that we ought not consider it a law, despite the
fact that it is of universal form. Bob Graber
