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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.

One of the first digital computers was used by the american scientists that were trying to build the first atom bomb to perform a calculation that was deemed actually impossible. Years later, IBM concluded that 10 computers was enough to make all the calculations that the whole country could conceivably need. We are billions and billions of times over this power of computation and we just keep on filling those HDs. With the internet, we have so much calculating power that to Laplace it would be impossible to distinguish it from infinite calculation. And we are not using it to compute the future, we employ the infrastructure to get free porn to everyone instead.

This is not a movement towards a centre, an essence, a heart of reality. Instead, it is layering on top of previous ideas, away and away from whatever foundation there ever was. Mathematics reaches out and out, not in.

Mathematics is a means. As such, it reveals nothing about the end, and thus nothing about essences or reality.

This does not mean it is unimportant, but exactly the opposite: Because Maths is just a tool we should value it. Otherwise, it would be just another divinity for us to worship.

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