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Measurements, philosophy: A) the problem of measuring is discussed in the context of interpretations of quantum mechanics. B) the comparison of D. Davidson's attribution of linguistic meanings to measurement is taken up in other theories.

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Measure/Gould: It has to be admitted that many of these data are ambiguous: how do we know which periodicity is reflected in the lines ((s) here annual rings of fossil finds)?
Simple counting does not always work, because we know that animals sometimes skip a day. But of course they cannot double a day according to the fact. Actual counts generally underestimate the number of days. (To be remembered here: the number of 360 daily lamellae in the corals. e. g. heavily cloudy days.)
Animals slow down their growth considerably with advancing age. However, many growth rings will continue to increase to the same extent. Does this mean that longer periods of time are expressed in the later septa of the Nautilus? The nautilus could have the rule of not forming septa at full moon. We must therefore remain very sceptical about the results.
If the retreat of the moon is taken into account, it entered the Roche limit about one billion years ago. No solid body can form within them.
The recently measured retreat of the moon is much smaller than previously assumed: 5.8 cm per year instead of 94.5 cm per year.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Gould I
Stephen Jay Gould
The Panda’s Thumb. More Reflections in Natural History, New York 1980
German Edition:
Der Daumen des Panda Frankfurt 2009

Gould II
Stephen Jay Gould
Hen’s Teeth and Horse’s Toes. Further Reflections in Natural History, New York 1983
German Edition:
Wie das Zebra zu seinen Streifen kommt Frankfurt 1991

Gould III
Stephen Jay Gould
Full House. The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin, New York 1996
German Edition:
Illusion Fortschritt Frankfurt 2004

Gould IV
Stephen Jay Gould
The Flamingo’s Smile. Reflections in Natural History, New York 1985
German Edition:
Das Lächeln des Flamingos Basel 1989


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