Tag Archives: ontology

What is mathematics? It’s neither physical nor mental, it’s social. It’s part of culture, it’s part of history. It’s like law, like religion, like money, like all those other things which are very real, but only as part of collective … Continue reading

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[T]he question of what “really” exists pervades the sciences and human thought in general. The belief that the infinite does not really exist goes back at least to Aristotle. Parrnenides even questioned the reality of plurality and change. (Einstein’s vision … Continue reading

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05:30 You don’t ask is a model good or bad. You ask is it good for a particular question. (For example, What effect will school vouchers have on inequality? or Why do politicians “race to the center” in a two-party system but not … Continue reading

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What Comes After Infinity?

When I was in kindergarten, we would argue about whose dad made the most money. I can’t fathom the reason. I guess it’s like arguing about who’s taller? Or who’s older? Or who has a later bedtime. I don’t know … Continue reading

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The chemistry of living things & Mary Baker Eddy’s Christian Science It’s patently obvious that people are completely unalike to liquid mercury, ammonium chloride, and plumbum. Likewise, it stands to reason that frogs, bats, voles, minks, snakes, geckos, sparrows, drosophila, … Continue reading

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Fuzzy Logic Not everything is so simple as true or false. Even declarative statements may evaluate outside {0,1}. So let’s introduce the kind-of: truth ∈ [0,1]. Examples of non-binary declarative statements: Shooting trap, my bullet nicked the clay pigeon but didn’t … Continue reading

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Although the mathematical sciences have some apprehension of true being — geometry and the like — they only dream about being. Never can they behold the waking reality so long as they leave the hypotheses which they use unexamined, and … Continue reading

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