The degree of certainty is indirectly proportional to the size of the reference frame.
I need this challenged so I'm going to put it down for critique. Feel free to kick the idea around as much as you like, I have no emotional attachment.
Basically the back story is that I'm looking for an underlining currency of communication between any two individuals in an epistemic frame of reference. The work and research is very fragmented at this point, and I'm not even sure if I have anything worth considering, but I find it extremely fascinating. One of these days, when I have some real time to invest, I want to put it all together so it makes sense.
At this particular point in time I'm considering degrees of certainty and as I have been kicking the idea in my head over the past week or so, I seem to have arrived at this axiom. The degree or certainty (relative to any proposition) is indirectly proportional to the size of the reference frame.
Let me present some extreme examples to illustrate.
If I present to you a reference frame, where a set of elements are sequentially incremented by a constant. In the format of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. That frame of reference, represented by the stated relationship and not by the potential size of the set, is extremely small. Therefor, a proposition that 2+3=5 has a very large degree of certainty, when the incremental constant is 1.
Conversely, if the frame of reference was the earth's atmosphere, and the relationships that govern the humidity, wind speed, cloud formation, etc, formed the frame of reference. Because the frame of reference is so large, the degree of certainty of any proposition is small. I can say that it will rain tomorrow, and attribute a percentage of certainty to that... so on.
The reason I believe this to be important in our little corner of the world, is because we seldom consider the frame of reference when arguing with theists. We are asked to disprove god, and when showing said god to not be possible, they just keep increasing the size of the frame of reference (aka, moving the goal posts). What that does, is lower the degree of certainty of any proposition.
In the end, the ultimate frame of reference is that which can never be simplified, namely, "outside our universe". This makes the degree of certainty of ANY proposition so small as for it be impractical.
Let me know what you guys think, I'm hoping for some critique.
"Don't seek these laws to understand. Only the mad can comprehend..." -- George Cosbuc