OST is closed for business but its spirit survives on my blog.
“I assert that if no one anywhere looks at the Eagle Nebula and says ‘This is the Eagle Nebula’, then the Eagle Nebula would never come into existence at all.”
What’s the use of an assertion such as this? It isn’t verifiable, manipulatable or predictable. Who cares?
“As soon as someone does do that, then even if after that person died and no one else called it the Eagle Nebula after that or paid it any attention at all, it still was once called the Eagle Nebula and the course of the universe would have been forever changed because there was a meaning attached to that stuff up there. The meaning is going to be lost when that person dies but the universe is its history and that cannot be changed or ignored. That’s what historians, archaelogists, anthropologists, geologists, etc. are trying to do all the time, to piece back together the meanings that existed in the past because they think there is something important about that endeavour.”
Generally, I can agree.