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Skepticism, mysticism, Jewish mathematics
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Aug 7, 2006 1:30 AM




Re: Skepticism, mysticism, Jewish mathematics
Posted:
Aug 4, 2006 12:55 PM


david petry wrote: > herbzet wrote: > > > I ran a search on your post. I couldn't find the string "Jew" or > > "Jewish" anywhere in the article except for the title, and the > > crossposting to soc.culture.jewish. > > > > 1) What does your article have to do with "Jewish mathematics"? > > As I pointed out in the article, the best explanation I can find for > why we have mysticism in mathematics is that it seems to validate the > beliefs of the Kabbalists.
"Best explanation I can find," "seems to". What is the appropriate experiment for falsification that falsificationist David Petry suggests here.
Axiomatic set theory, a formal mathematical theory. is not mysticism. However, one can have a platonist view of mathematics, which Petry may consider to be mysticism. But I hardly think that mathematical platonisim requires explanation as a form of Kabbalah.
Petry, based on ridiculously attenuated associations, fires against "Jewish mathematics", and he thinks that humanists (unless they renounce, because, Petry is, if nothing else, a real fair guy) should be exterminated in gas chambers. But I suppose it would still be hasty to say that he's an antiSemitic nutcase. After all, we haven't made the claim falsifiable by an appropriate experiment.
MoeBlee



