Some Consequences of Ambiguity and Vagueness

By Leon Felkins

Copyright 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999

Written December 12, 1996

Last Revision 10/8/09

Hard at Work!Note: this section is in work with much to be added as time permits.
As discussed in the previous essay, "Understanding Vagueness", when a vague function is quantized, the breakpoint selected is completely arbitrary. Further, that essay explained how the breakpoint is actually established in most situations, which is that the breakpoint is simply the equilibrium between two opposing pressures. An example given is the establishment of a sales tax rate. The government would like it to be as high as possible, consistent with bringing in more income, while the citizens would like it to be as low as possible. But a higher rate generally results in more opposition from the citizenry. This opposition is "felt" by the government and the breakpoint will be established at that point where the benefits and the opposition are approximately equal -- in somewhat the same manner as the price of goods are established in a free market.

This has serious ramifications for society. While all of society is affected by the arbitrary breakpoints, the serious impact comes from government and that is what I will discuss first.

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