Tuesday, April 26, 2005

What is power?

MelbournePhilosopher

I was having a chat about what power was, and we resolved to write down a list of the things we thought exhibited power. From that, we thought we could find out if power had an essential nature, or a pluralistic one, and whether we needed to either refine our definition of power, or our thinking. Here is what I can remember of that list :

* The Boxing Day Tsunami was powerful
* Hitler was powerful
* Being able to reproduce is powerful
* The explosion of an H-Bomb is powerful
* The threat of an H-Bomb is powerful
* Some ideas are powerful
* Darth Vader is powerful

I would love to expand this list, so that we can better test theories and refine ideas. What do you think power consists in, and what is at least one extra example of something powerful? Is there anything on this list that you think isn't powerful?

Cheers,
-MP

2 Comments:

Blogger Alex said...

*Supercomputers are powerful
*Superman is powerful
*Bleach is powerful
*Evolution is powerful
*Religions are powerful

4/26/2005 01:46:00 PM  
Blogger C D M said...

Of all the concepts, objects and forces known to this world, water must be the most powerful.

It is essential to life and permeates our existence. It causes significant climate change and can shift mountains or carve its path through rock millions of years old. It can split large boulders in two and level a city in seconds.

Water can stop the flow of lava or form into towering glaciers and icebergs.

It is commonly found as a gas, a liquid or a solid state and it can equally transport nutrients or toxins across the globe or through living tissue.

It can burn us or freeze us, cool or warm us; water will relax and soothe our aches; it will cook our food and clean our bodies, our home and our clothes without any added chemicals.

Water is truly poweful!

4/28/2005 08:01:00 PM  

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