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## induction, deduction, conduction?

Author:Nick Sweeney Posted:9/18/2000; 9:19:00 AM Topic:scriptingNews outline for 9/18/2000 Msg #:21465 (In response to 21462) Prev/Next:21464 / 21466 In mathematics you prove theorems.And there's the catch, since mathematical proofs are self-contained and deductive: classical geometry proceeds from Euclid's "self-evident truths", Newton's laws of motion from the

Principia's axioms.What seems to happen in disputes over the nebulous matter of Open Source is that people on all sides try to apply

deductiveprinciples to a subject that can only be treatedinductively, where judgements proceed from the accumulation of discrete facts and opinions, that are tested in the manner of a legal case: proved beyond reasonable doubt, or decided on the preponderance of evidence.We'll only be able to treat Open Source like geometry when we agree on a set of Euclidian axioms. I don't see that happening too quickly. And that's probably a good thing.

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- Re: induction, deduction, conduction?, Dave Winer, 9/18/2000; 9:25:19 AM

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