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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, today’s xkcd led me to the wiki on Collatz Conjecture, and there it is said that Paul Erdös said of a problem that revolves around “either divide by 2 or multiply by 3 and add 1” that “Mathematics is not yet ready for such confusing, troubling, and hard problems.” n= n%2 ? n/2 : n*3+1

Contrast to what a girl in the bus said to me 3 days ago, when i was ranting that philosophy is cool and that she only dislikes it because the teacher was not doing a good job and all. She said that no, she prefers Mathematics, because it is more practical.

Now, i am a bit problematic in the head, so maybe it IS just me, but… Doesn’t it all seem a little warped? Are we not expecting too much of Mathematics? Wanting it to be practical AND abstract AT THE SAME TIME? Does all of this even make sense at all?

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