How do you know you are right? An Absolute Standard of Rightness
"Any man more right than his neighbor constitutes a majority of one."—Henry David Thoreau "Scientific research is based on the idea that everything that takes place is determined by the laws of nature, and this holds for the actions of people."—Albert Einstein "In human affairs that person is 'right' who has the might to enforce his point of view on others who have less might. That is what leads to tyranny and wars."—Andrew J. Galambos SYNOPSIS Throughout history there has been no absolute standard of rightness in human interaction. Rather there has been a relative standard of rightness, ultimately determined by coercive force. That is, ultimately, he is right who has the most coercive power. I.e., might makes right is a saying which characterizes human affairs and leads to tyranny. However, an absolute standard of rightness was developed in the physical sciences in the 300 years leading up to the time of Isaac Newton (1642-1727). Since Newton the absolute standard of rightness in