Karl Malbrain wrote: > Jiri Lebl wrote: >> Karl Malbrain wrote: >>> Patricia Shanahan wrote: >>>> Ultimately, I don't think the subject of this thread even asks the right >>>> question. It should be "Set theory: Should you use?". I don't even know >>>> what it means to believe set theory. >>>> >>> Believing means to agree with the axioms of set theory. >>> >>> intransitive verb >>> 1 a : to have a firm religious faith b : to accept as true, genuine, or >>> real <ideals we believe in> <believes in ghosts> >> To say that is about as stupid as to say something like "Do you believe >> in a screwdriver." It is a tool that you use, just like set theory. > > Far from stupid, I believe in a screwdriver when I meet up with a loose > screw -- I suppose others might believe in a hammer.
The distinction I'm trying to make, between "believe" and "use", is obviously only going to be meaningful to people who regard "believe" and "use" as different words, with different meanings.