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Essorant
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"Through any two points there is exactly one line. "

Not always.
Imagine the two points are sticking out of the wall five feet.  Within that five feet there is enough room to thread more than one line thro the two points.

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Is Geometry science?  Do you live in a house or building of some sort?
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52 posted 06-27-2007 10:11 PM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Local Rebel

Ess, a point only has coordinates.
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Yes and no.  Geometry, being axiomatic, has more in common with logic and mathematics, than any general or biological science would (or should).


And yes, I live in a ranch-style house.

Stephen
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54 posted 06-28-2007 12:35 AM       View Profile for Essorant   Email Essorant   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Essorant's Home Page   View IP for Essorant

Local,

"Ess, a point only has coordinates."


My example is two points that are big enough that not just one line goes thro them.  What is wrong about that?

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"Through any two points there is exactly one line."

well I'm no math whiz, but I'll say the answer is false.

can be two lines, one atop the other, with infinite solutions, collinear, but they end up being the same line. Hmm tricky.


Stephen,

quote:
We certainly need more than the idea of a magical impersonal nature which generated the complexity of life, quite on its own.  Spontaneous generation has been scientifically ruled out for quite some time.  Life begets life.


No arguments there, but I'd like to add that sometimes it's nice to give the complexities a rest. If we'd just stand back and open our eyes to the beauty of life, there's much to become amazed and filled with wonder about. One can't help but feel small, yet grateful for the magic and resplendent glory of our universe.

Michelangelo comes to mind. It wasn't until he saw what he felt was God's art that he was able to follow through with his own in the Sistine Chapel. Our existence may not be a spontaneous result, but experiences can be spontaneous and personal.

we need more magic between us in the form of kindness, around us in the form of cures for what's killing us. not everyone's going to agree on the source, immediately.
Essorant
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"can be two lines, one atop the other, with infinite solutions, collinear, but they end up being the same line. Hmm tricky."


Good points, Regina.

You could send one line thro the tops of the points and one line thro the bottoms, or send them diagonally so they make an x in the space between.  Then the space in the middle between shall be a square or four triangles.

Nevertheless, I doubt very much that geometryplay is going to figure out the wonder of evolution for us.

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Essorant,

You are right. point and line are imaginary reference in geometry. It will come out anything  based on how you draw it. Of course, you can only draw one straight line between two point. But you may draw limitless curved lines. And what is straight line anyway? even light is bended by gravity. which means, any line you draw are already bended by gravity.

and your shift again?
   have a nice day, sir!
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Just to throw a spaniard in the works... It really is too long for you guys to ask me to retype it here (on a pictorial background and as a new kid I haven't figured out if I can post jpegs yet):- BUT if you drift across to www.sullivanthepoet.com and seek out "And made they man" you will find an even more perverse slant on the current argument which, given the good natured cut and thrust of this debate, I suspect you will have a lot of fun with...

"Live free in the world and owe allegiance to no man"

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59 posted 06-28-2007 05:58 PM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Local Rebel

Ron,

You're showing far more restraint than I thought possible.  

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That's because he's super uber cool.
 
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