Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics


Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics


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Time-Binding Bound Too Tightly?

A rough description of time-binding: "A given generation of humankind has the potential to start where the previous generation left off."

I received the following piece from a former colleague, Professor Karla Foss, indicating when the "bindings" might be a little too tight.

  The U.S. Standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is four
  feet, eight-and-a-half inches. That's an exceedingly odd number.

  Why was that gauge used? Because that's the way they built them in
  England, and the U. S. railroads were built by English expatriates.

  Why did the English people build them like that? Because the first
  rail lines were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad
  tramways, and that's the gauge they used.

  Why did they use that gauge then? Because the people who built the
  tramways used the same jigs and tools that they used for building
  wagons, which used that wheel spacing.

  Okay! Why did the wagons use that odd wheel spacing? Well, if they
  tried to use any other spacing the wagons would break on some of the
  old long distance roads, because that's the spacing of the old wheel

  So who built these old rutted roads? The first long distance roads in
  Europe were built by Imperial Rome for the benefit of their legions.
  The roads have been used ever since.

  And the ruts? The initial ruts, which everyone else had to match for
  fear of destroying their wagons, were first made by Roman war
  chariots. Since the chariots were made for or by Imperial Rome they
  were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing. Thus we have the answer
  to the original question. … 
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