posted on Jun, 3 2008 @ 03:14 PM
reply to post by Mabus
I'm not even sure where to begin. I don't want to sound like a jerk about it, but there are so many things wrong with your proposition that it's
almost impossible to respond to it without wandering down the garden path into abject madness. I actually kind of have to commend you on that.
Forgive my ignorance, but why must a pineapple have an opposite? It almost sounds like a zen riddle: "What is the opposite of a pineapple?" I'm
also baffled as to how you determined that yellow and green are opposites. On a color wheel (which is merely a human convention itself) red is
opposite green and purple is opposite yellow. And there we have your answer to the question of purple's opposite.
Please don't take offense, I'm merely proposing that your conception of opposites may be somewhat misinformed. I'll give you that there are certain
realms of physics where dualities and symmetries exist: matter and antimatter have opposite electromagnetic charges, time is perceived to flow toward
increased entropy, gravity polarizes the experience of planetary life into subjective "up" and "down". And in the more familiar realms of biology
there are opposites: male and female, the perception of hot and cold, complementary flavors such as bitter/sweet and sour/salt. But as far as
oppositeness as an inherent trait in the world outside of human sensory systems, it just doesn't make much sense. Lemons and limes, for instance, are
the seed containers for two very closely related types of trees. I'm no botanist, but I'd even assume the two varietals could produce viable
offspring. The difference in the color of their fruit is incidental. Green pigmentation in plants is caused by chlorophyll, yellow by xanthophyll. If
anything lemons and limes are the opposite of opposites. They are practically the same fruit.
You are right though to say that there is "something missing", but it is not in nature itself but in the human sensory reality with which we are
familiar. Everything we know is filtered, organized and interpreted by our senses and brains. Such concepts as color, temperature, all forms of
taxonomic organization, the base-10 system of numbering, moralistic notions of right and wrong -- these are all human constructs without inherent
reality in the world outside our senses. Sure, the familiar colors correspond to wavelengths of light and temperature to the vibrational rate of
atoms, but even "light", "wavelength" and "atom" are human concepts that refer only obliquely to anything "real". Even the ideas of "real"
and "unreal" are not... well... "real. And so maybe you can see how consideration of these things can ultimately lead only to a recursive loop of
For fear of sounding conceited, I applaud your curious spirit, but I'm afraid I must dash your hopes of seeing "missology" recognized as a science.
Particle physics and chemistry seem to suffice nicely when it comes to exploring the ingredients of the unknown and uncategorized.