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Re: Skepticism, mysticism, Jewish mathematics
Posted:
Jul 26, 2006 2:55 AM


david petry wrote: > Is there any reason to be skeptical about modern mathematics? Is it > possible that modern mathematics is culturally biased? Is it possible > that there is an element of fraud in modern mathematics? Has > mathematics become clever argumentation with no concrete content? > > I'm like the reader to consider the possibility that the answer to all > those questions is yes. > <snip> > So now, let's pretend that our skeptic ventures into sci.math and > sci.logic to explain her reasons for being skeptical of modern > mathematics. What will happen? It's not a pretty picture; the > mathematicians will go on the offensive. They'll call her a crackpot. > They'll claim that she is unqualified to even have skeptical thoughts > about mathematics, and that she is unreasonably demanding that the > experts come down to her level of understanding. They'll claim that she > is trying to impose her religion on others, and that she is trying to > take away the mathematicians' freedom. They'll borrow vocabulary from > the liberals, and accuse her of being a closed minded, ignorant nut > case. They'll try to dismiss all of the skeptical objections as a > result of an inability to deal with abstract thought.
Ah, so the intelligent skeptic in your story is supposed to be you. You could have been honest and told us this was a sobstory from the start.
So little bigoted nazifuckwit davey get his feeling hurt by the big bad mathematicians who rightly rubbish his crankish ideas as being born of ignorance? Aww, diddums.
 mike.



