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Is math invented or discovered, argument sharpened
December 31, 2010
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What has more relative ontological primacy, man or math?

Does math depend on man to exist, or does math exist independently of man?

Premise 1: If the set of natural numbers has ontological primacy, then math has ontological primacy.

Premise 2: There is no largest number.

Conclusion: Math has ontological primacy.

Why:
If numbers depended on mankind to exist, there would be a largest number.
Premise 2 then implies that numbers do not depend on mankind to exist.
By Premise 1, math has ontological primacy.

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January 1, 2011
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everything is math so, I say, it was discovered.
hmm
unless you look at it like..math is just a way of mapping everything..in that way, maybe it wasn't already there.

I think , though, simply because things ARE, so it IS.
Things relate to each other..that's math..how things relate..it's a given

I say where we come in, is in the system of math we have chosen to use

I think that's open, like the light spectrum, or the sound spectrum (if that makes sense)

we set our parameters for it..the parameters we have chosen to use

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Why? Are you having fun?
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
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January 1, 2011
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Math is a tool used to apprehend the mindscape of God.

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January 1, 2011
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and philosophy?
Maybe a hybrid is called for?
'mathosophy'

Willie Wonka quotes..
What is this Wonka, some kind of funhouse?
Why? Are you having fun?
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams

January 1, 2011
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philosophy asks questions like "is math invented or discovered" while math people do long division all day Laugh But one can be both a mathematician and philosopher. A mathospoher you could say.

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January 6, 2011
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I'd say that math is discovered. Take the Fabbunaci (spelling, I know) sequence. That was always there, we just caught on. Same with Pythagorean theorem (spelt that correctly. 🙂 )

Whether or not we ever discovered it, A squared times B squared equals C squared in a right triangle where C is the hypotenuse and A and B are the other two sides. We discovered that rule, we didn't invent it.

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January 6, 2011
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That's cool, kind of synchronous.
I just used the PT as an example when I posted this on another forum.
We think alike.

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