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The difference between always and never

  1. May 14, 2006 #1
    Does anyone know the answer to this question (i dont):

    What is the difference between always and never?
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  3. May 14, 2006 #2
    It's pure semantics imo, they are both infinitely regressive, but they do mean the opposite of eachother none the less.

    The only thing they share in common is our view of space and time, we quantify space and time, and therefore always means the opposite of never.
  4. May 15, 2006 #3
    always- an event is required to take place.

    never- doesnt need any event to take place.
  5. May 15, 2006 #4
    always: for all time.
    never: always not.
  6. May 16, 2006 #5


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    The dictionary can't tell you?

    Always: at all times, and on all occasions
    Never: Not at all; at no times or occasions.
  7. May 16, 2006 #6
    Both "always" and "never" describe time period that does not end.

    So, they both describe different "ever running" realities.

    Always is an "ever running" presence and never is an "ever running" absence.

    So, actually they are not opposites. They are two words that describe the same thing from two diametrically opposed points of view.

    never being = always being in a diametrical opposition

  8. May 16, 2006 #7
    what the hell

    di·a·met·ri·cal Pronunciation (d-mtr-kl) also di·a·met·ric (-rk)
    1. Of, relating to, or along a diameter.
    2. Exactly opposite; contrary.

    as i said this whole thread is semantics
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    Is the operation of subtraction defined for "always" and "never"?
  10. May 17, 2006 #9

    correct! :approve:
  11. May 17, 2006 #10


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    PIT2, are you perhaps hinting at some kind of underlying conceptual confusion regarding these words? If the question is meant to be straightforwardly as is, I don't see what could be so perplexing here. Of course, the precise meanings of the words "always" and "never" will vary as a function of usage and context, but this is no different than for any other words. In general, "always x" means x occurs often, frequently, or every time (perhaps occuring every time some other event occurs), and "never" is just the negation of "always."

    Are you looking for something deeper than this?
  12. May 20, 2006 #11
    My idea was that both consist of an infinite timespan.
    Without the 'x' u mention, i thought both were equal.
  13. May 20, 2006 #12


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    I would say that the negation of "always" is "not all the time", whereas "never" is the negation of "at least once".
  14. May 20, 2006 #13
    Now is Never!...Always!

    All reality occuring simultaneously with the void...


    Because we are pure antimatter beings!!!

    What is seen is a projection from its origin...

    A Cosmic cookie cutter gone mad...

    : )
  15. May 20, 2006 #14
    The source being 'antimatter'

    that 'is and is'nt'...

    at the same time...!
  16. May 20, 2006 #15
    If U like philosophy one might observe that the

    question comes from the answer you already have...

    ...the questioner is the question...the listener becomes the word

    its like a big circle...they are one and the same.

    Thought experiments in metaphysics and what not go nowhere...(and tend to lead to group neurosis)

    Thought Experiments in the physical world can and do work...
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