On Tuesday, December 3, 2013 9:52:06 PM UTC, Virgil wrote:
Virgil: Note that WM's quite idiotic argument is that there is no infinite sequence containing all the rational numbers, and therefore Zeit Geist's proof that the reals are uncountable is wrong. But
1. That proof didn't mention rational numbers at all, so WM is just a blathering idiot. 2. The rational numbers are countable, so WM is just a blathering idiot. 3. If they were uncountable, then the reals as a superset are clearly uncountable, so WM is a blathering idiot.
I think what we actually have here is a case of someone who can string sentences together that resemble mathematical arguments, but isn't actually capable of understanding anything. You might read Oliver Sacks' book "The man who mistook his wife for a hat". Something similar seems to be happening here, where someone has a very deep cognitive dissonance as far as mathematics is concerned. Any mathematical reasoning is absolutely pointless. Just as we are incapable of understanding any of WM's arguments, so is he incapable of understanding any of ours.