Are numbers tools invented through trial and success? Are they mental artifacts? They may represent generalized concepts based on an epiphany similar to a religious experience, but their interpretation depends on learned behavior experiences. They remain without substance or reality, imposing constraints on measurements of values perceived as reality which influence behavior. Belief in the functions of mathematics is the same process as belief religious dogma.
The difference is whether or not the believer becomse convinced of the reality of his belief system, or is open to the uncertainty of inadequate information.
posted by Morton Kurzweil
April 19, 2010
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