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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.

One of their difficulties seem to be that our world is full of things (like computers, skyscrappers and airplanes) that (they claim) could not be obtained without Maths.

Well, we don’t know, do we?

Sagan sez the aliens will try to talk to us in algebra. Then again, StarTrek is full of aliens that are exactly like humans but with a strange mask. We’ve never seen an alien to know if they guessed rignt. But those are guesses. And maybe we’ve even seen some aliens and ignored them because they were not homnid mathematicians…

This fallacy is called argument by lack of imagination. No matter how much we fail to make CPUs without Maths, it doesn’t prove someone else won’t do it.

Finally, we must remember that we having Math makes it extremely more difficult for us to imagine a world without it, because of our biases, not because of the nature of the world.

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