We recognize as an axiom that events in our reality can occur in different ways. It is about facts, models that combine facts and our reactions. I call it alternativeness.

Here I will not ask: whether alternativeness is an objective property of the Universe or is it a purely subjective phenomenon.

I asked myself a very simple question: can this quality be totally absent? Could a sentient being never have a clue, an idea that things could be different?

When I started thinking about this topic, I suddenly realized: as itself, the assumption about absence of alternativeness is... alternativeness!

I wonder if this is a tautology or some kind of paradox? Is there any mention of such a paradox?

  • "We recognize as an axiom..." Why? What does it mean? Jul 30 at 11:10
  • "the assumption about absence of alternativeness is... alternativeness!" Is it a tautology? No. Is it a paradox? If an assumption leads to a contradiction, this means that the assumption is false. Jul 30 at 11:11
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    you might want to read some of the works of the Buddhist philosopher Nagarjuna. Aug 1 at 5:39

I'd relate it to group theory and symmetry transformations, and relate it fundamentally to intentionality (elaborating possible positions and manipulations from current situation). A robot or computer could simulate intelligence without intentionality.

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