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T.H. Ray
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Re: Skepticism, mysticism, Jewish mathematics
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Aug 4, 2006 6:06 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 >
Petry, the OP, a falsificationist? Only in the most naive sense, I expect. The originator of the falsification principle in science  Karl Popper  was a liberal, a humanist. The scientific ideal of Popper is, above all, a liberating principle. First, one liberates one's thinking from the personal belief that supports the kind of mythology and superstition the OP openly promotes. Popper said, however, "I do not believe in belief." (1956, The Open Society & its Enemies.)
Tom



