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Paz & Gorm & Oliver & some other friends are all perplexed about mathematics. They think it is huge, and so important that all philosophy should just conform itself to Maths. The problem is, while they know that any data or knowledge can at best be an approximation and a simplification and a relative truth, they misteriously miss the relativeness of Maths. And it is a shame, too, that they are perplexed, because Maths is such a simple, solved issue.

We might, for the sake of keeping the conversation lively, ignore the fact that Plato was just an ugly man (and therefore not the tits in many different levels), and accept Mathematics as a kind of platonic field, as removed from the world as Hell from Purgatory. But that would actually cloud our understanding of Maths, and diminish it’s importance to the contemporary world.

What makes 2+2=4 more interesting than “all zits are blue”? And if the only thing making the shortest path between 2 points being the straight line is our fiat, why couldn’t we just fiat otherwise? (What? We can?)

And if we say Maths is true because it has no connection whatsoever with the world, doesn’t it undermine the stance that Mathematics is important for the world? And that philosophy should care about it?

But perhaps the most important reason why we should not take Maths as the new Platonic Truth is that it becomes a non-falsiable argument, an idea that traps us into being unable to see how false it is.

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