Thursday, June 14, 2007

An "Impossibility" theorem --- after all!

The concept of "improvement" is ill-defined for individuals. Even if we ignore the deeper "impossibility" of change, and assume that people CAN change, there is no way to know whether a change is in the "right" direction.

Improvement is only "statistically" well-defined. Human kind has improved through history into a having a much "safer", "healthier", "happier" life, ON AVERAGE. Again, there is no way to decide if a person "A" is now happier than if s/he would live 200 years ago.

PS. I should have discussed the "impossibility-of-change" theorem somewhere before, maybe not here?!

1 comment:

  1. So the problem is not with the "improvement" but with "happiness" which is a subjective concept.

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