Author Topic: Does math exist?  (Read 9489 times)

Offline Plu (OP)

Does math exist?
« on: June 05, 2013, 02:29:45 PM »
An interesting video on the topic of whether or not math is even a real thing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... bNymweHW4E

I'd like to hear your opinions. I'm still trying to figure out my own :P

Offline josephpalazzo

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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2013, 03:10:54 PM »
Math like the alphabet is a mental construct. OTOH, geometry is physics... don't get me started.

Offline missingnocchi

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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2013, 03:17:30 PM »
I think that everything is math and people who believe in irrational numbers should be killed.
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Re: Does math exist?
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2013, 03:20:12 PM »
A lot of mathematicians think math is a discovery and exist in reality. I think it is an invention used to describe quantum reality that can't be described pictorially, or our world that can be described pictorially.  Good question though. Bill
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Offline aitm

Re: Does math exist?
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2013, 03:31:13 PM »
I have often wondered what philosophers think about when not serving fries or glasses of pinot grigio.....now I know.
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Re: Does math exist?
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2013, 03:45:02 PM »
:-$  I'm drinking my Old Vine Zinfandel now.  :rolleyes:  Bill
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Offline josephpalazzo

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« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2013, 05:30:17 PM »
Nothing beats beer and pizza.

 :P

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« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2013, 06:28:21 PM »
I dunno, do "words" really exist? What about colors?

It's philosophical bullshit like this that makes me want to kick someone in the balls.

For something that may not really "exist", it sure does a fantastic fucking job of allowing us to do things like make the computer you are reading this on work as designed. Things it would be impossible to do without it.
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Offline josephpalazzo

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« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2013, 06:46:31 PM »
There are no numbers in your computer, except on your keyboard. Inside of your computers is a bunch of wires and switches.

Offline Plu (OP)

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« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2013, 06:49:53 PM »
I don't think anyone is going to argue that math doesn't work. But that doesn't mean that math is a tangible thing. And there's a big difference in approach to it between "it's a real, tangible thing" and "it's just stuff we make up".

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« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2013, 09:11:13 PM »
Semantics
"There is a saying in the scientific community, that every great scientific truth goes through three phases. First, people deny it. Second, they say it conflicts with the Bible. Third, they say they knew it all along."

- Neil deGrasse Tyson

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« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2013, 09:38:06 PM »
Quote from: "aitm"
I have often wondered what philosophers think about when not serving fries or glasses of pinot grigio.....now I know.

Thank you. I was not aware that Pinot Grigio was the correct wine to serve with fries.

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« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2013, 11:48:04 PM »
See?  Philosophy DOES have some actual use.
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« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2013, 11:51:23 PM »
Quote from: "missingnocchi"
I think that everything is math and people who believe in irrational numbers should be killed.
They are needed in college algerbra... not saying its right.
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Re: Does math exist?
« Reply #14 on: June 06, 2013, 01:23:17 AM »
:-$ Don't even think about imaginary numbers.  :-k   :Hangman:  I just thought about an infinity of infinitesimals meeting at aleph.  :rolleyes:  Bill
There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.