Skip navigation

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.

It is easy to see how an educational system geared towards measurability of performance (and thus right vs. wrong questions) instead of creativity of approach would lead to an encroached reliance on external authority. As in: 2+2=4, not because i say so, but because the teacher ordered it so. And it is easy to see how you could transfer the teacher figure into an external, independent, larger-than-life (larger-than-reality), transcendental reality of Math.

And it is easy to see how a professional Mathematician would end up believing — even sincerely believing — a point of view that makes him the sole possessor of universal truths.

Now, even if you do think this is not the case with you, or even in general, you should accept that this undermines somehow the whole Maths is perfect stance.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: