Change | Difference

This is another pair of concepts which go hand in hand and are closely connected.

When things change, if we take note of a beginning state and an ending state, we can compare the two and establish the difference in between the before and the after states.

When things do not change, we can take two things of the same class and compare the two to check them for difference(s), if any.

Differences are always established as departures from similarity.

Within the same class of objects, for example molecules or trees or motorcars we establish the differences on the basis of departure from some standard or common denominator, a common set of features, characteristics or qualities.

If we are considering objects from different classes, across classes, the departure from similarity may be so great that we call it non-similar.

See similar and nonsimilar.

We are all difference hunters and our nervous system is geared to spotting changes, evaluating their meaning and making adjustments with the intention of maintaining what is perceived as favorable, of avoiding unfavourable events and of setting up favourable conditions for the future (F)

See Dim and magazine page header Dim Tendency

Philosophy Map N.33 force & change

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