Tag Archives: philosophy of mathematics

SMBC: The universality of mathematics, but not notation

This is pretty good, and it will exercise your mind for a minute. Source: Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal The distinction between mathematical notation and its underlying reality is a crucial one.  The first is an invention of humans, the second … Continue reading

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SMBC: What if the universe is made of math?

I loved this SMBC.  It echoes something I’ve observed before, that some physicists have disdain for philosophy, while often engaging in it themselves. Hovertext: “Philosophy is dumb, unless it comes out of the mouth of a physicist.” Click through for full … Continue reading

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Logic has empirical foundations, sort of.

Massimo Pigliucci has an interesting post at Scientia Salon on philosophical zombies.  Massimo looks at David Chalmers’s argument for philosophical zombie arguments and, I think, does an excellent job at showing the problems with them.  But in the discussion, a … Continue reading

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Finding platonism

Click through to see the full version.  Be sure not to miss the popup bubble on the second page. via The Sighting – Existential Comics.

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What is mathematics about? – James Franklin – Aeon

James Franklin has an interesting piece today at Aeon, asking what exactly mathematics is.  He looks at Nominalism and Platonism, but discounts both in favor of Aristotelian Realism, which is something I’d not heard of before but seems equivalent to the … Continue reading

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