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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, Mathematics share with p2p filesharing one property that, in the right circumstance, can give a very good illusion of reality: Ease of copy.

As any given file can have been copied to a variety of places, you stop referring to the media or server or transaction through which you got the file, and instead talk about the file itself, as if it had an existence apart from its copies.

In the same way, you don’t refer to the person making calculations, you just talk about Maths.

And Mathematics is specially easy to copy. Even if you barely understand the symbols, you can produce a fac-simile of complex demonstration, and usually making a copy of something that is way beyond your Math skills is enough for you to grasp enough of it to say you know how to do it.

So much so that most real innovation in Mathematics must be at least started when the person is still young, before he had the chance to copy enough to become used to it.

Then again, copying 2+2=4 enough can produce an universe of fours, but it can not retroactively force this universe into the Garden of Eden (or into Big Bang). Mathematics was not there before we created it, no matter how much we wish it was.

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