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There are quite a few concepts in Mathematics where a few options could be true, and only one is, and you go and try to find why and the answer is “because Mathematicians prefer it that way”. Like zero to the power of zero. There are a few, but i’m on the phone so i wont go wikipeding.

Deep down, what it is is: That’s what’s on the manual. The neolythic shamans who invented Mathematics were dreaming of calculators and we only now realise it so. Read More »

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.

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.

Even if you could stash into an atom all the numbers needed to describe it, you would still need at least another atom to take care of the addressing — a computer to calculate the universe would have to be twice the size of the universe… for memory alone.

To put it another way: using current technology you could create one computer that calculated the position of a single atom, quite simply by cheating and assuming the same atom as reference point. But to calculate two atoms it is impossible to create a computer, because the position is a real number, and computers simply can not compute infinite numbers.

In order for Laplace’s demon to exist, it would have to violate all the natural laws that he supposedly knows.

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.

We have all kinds of different experiences, and we can think about them in different ways. Describe them in many ways. That we can do it enhances our liberty.

And Mathematics has been over and over again a breaker of dogmas. That we embrace a dogma like «Maths is the only source of truth» is, in a way, a betrayal of this tradition.

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