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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.

If you convince them that self-consistency is no proof of truth, in what strikes me as a surprising turn of events, they run back to the very connundrum that took them there: Maths must be true because it works. How could it work if it wasn’t truth?

2+2=5, 5+2=6. This is false. But it works to calculate (2+2)+2.

Damn, Copernicus’ heliocentrism produced worse results at it’s inception than epicycles. So did Galileo’s mechanics in relation to Aristotle’s.

Perfect gases, if you need a strict example!

Mathematics is not part of the world, from the level of 2+2=4, as there are no two apples you can sum and come up with a result that prevents you to look for the fairest one. We are taught to force things into mathematic terms, not the other way around. And we are taught that we do, too, very early on. But it seems we forget.

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