[MUD-Dev] DGN: Reasons for play [was: Emergent Behaviorsspawnedfrom...]

Amanda Walker amanda at alfar.com
Wed Oct 26 05:06:07 New Zealand Daylight Time 2005


On Oct 18, 2005, at 12:41 PM, Sean Howard wrote:

> People seem to be content with just letting things hang out in the
> air.  It's all subjective, so answers aren't worth looking for. I
> say the answers do exist, they are worth looking for, and we need
> people who are willing to look for them where others would rather
> not or simply don't care either way.

You're reading an assumption in here that I haven't been making,
namely "subjective == worthless".

This isn't at all what I've been arguing, which is that "subjective
!= objective."

If I say that the question "is yellow better than blue?" doesn't
have an objective answer, because "better" is a subjective
criterion, that doesn't mean that I have no color preferences, or
that I don't think color preferences are worth looking into.  I am
making none of the "big three" common epistemological fallacies:

Solipsist: "everything is subjective: the universe is all in my
head" Reductionist "everything is objective: if you can't measure
it, it doesn't exist" Postmodern "everything is intersubjectively
constructed: nothing matters but culture"

I am, rather, saying that claiming that "is yellow better than
blue?"  has an objective answer is making a category error.


Amanda Walker
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