Submitted by m56 on July 25, 2005

Zero conditional

Does anyone know where the term “zero conditional” comes from and why we use it for labeling the “unchanging Laws of Existence” conditional?

What does that “zero” mean?

(Looking for a bit of etymology here and not a desription of zero conditionals per se.)


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um zero just means nought, 0, noothing, nout. is that what you're on about???!

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Just guessing. Zero conditional could refer to the fact that something that is unchanging would have zero conditions, aside from the one condition it apparently has, or is in.

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Sorry I can't address your question directly, but it reminded me of that awful phase in the early nineties when so many women were talking about wanting to love their boyfriends "unconditionally".

Pointing out the fact that they wanted to have this love specifically for a boyfriend and not for everyone else on the planet meant that their love was conditional didn't put a dent in their (transient) beliefs that they SHOULD love their boyfriends "unconditionally".

Is "zero conditional" a term in philosophy, physics, game theory? It sounds like "futility" or an absolute nothingness, or something that only happens when there is a zero present.

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