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Dark travels faster than light. No matter how fast light travels, dark always gets there first.Terry Pratchett
Does 'dark' really have to be the absence of something ?Can it not be that everything encroaches on 'darkness' itself..and that ' darkness' is in itself something ?
Quote from: neilep on 13/09/2007 18:16:09Does 'dark' really have to be the absence of something ?Can it not be that everything encroaches on 'darkness' itself..and that ' darkness' is in itself something ?But have you not said it there yourself. If that which is not dark is the encroachment of something into the darkness, then it follows that that which differentiates darkness from non-darkness is this encroachment, or lack of it. Thus it follows that true darkness can be defined merely as the absence of encroachment into the darkness.Whether darkness can itself contain something is immaterial to what you have said, since you have not defined light as the absence of the thing which is dark, and so have not distinguished light from dark by that which is dark, but rather by the presence or absence of that which is light. If both light and dark contain dark matter, then dark matter cannot be used to distinguish between light and dark. If only light, but not dark, contains light matter, then light, or the absence of it, must define both light and dark.
In fact any'thing' , as well as being what it is is also a 'lack of everything else'. Owch.
On this forum we are trying to aim at 'lack of ignorance' perhaps?Are we in with a chance?