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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 mysteriously miss the relativeness of Maths. And it is a shame, too, that they are perplexed, because Maths is such a simple, solved issue.

Well, does eeny-meeny-miny-moe reveal some hidden, primal structure of existence itself? The nature of reality?

And yet, all of Maths are variations under the theme of counting. And counting, in its technique, is just the same thing as eeny-meeny-miny-moe. Wikipedia calls it a counting-rhime.

Repeat. Don’t change the order. One, two, three, four. That’s all there is to it.

If you can keep two sequences in your head at the same time, and admittedly to a very primitive human that was probably a feat, you can sum. If you can remember the sequence backwards, it is subtraction. Many sums make multiplication. And division is much trickier, but you can always resort to trial and error, if you don’t take too long with each multiply. And with those 4 ops you can make all the rest of Maths.

But it really is just a procedure, a technique, just like a recipe for a cake or solving a rubik. When you do it you are no more in contact with universal truths than when you are doing anything else.

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