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> "Marshall" <marshall.spight_at_gmail.com> wrote in message
> news:1149710928.885317.97120_at_h76g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
>
> So you say that math is an invention ?
>
> > I agree that there are many things that are well-described by
> > mathematics in the natural world. I disagree that there are
> > mathematical objects directly present in the real world.
>
> > I might have a basket with 3 oranges, but I can never
> > have a basket with just 3 in it.
>
> Yes. You also have that basket. :-)
> I can move 3 around by moving you for example.
> 3 is as natural as you are. :-)
>
> > I might be able to accurately predict the volume of a
> > soccer ball using equations about spheres, but I'll
> > never directly see a sphere in the real world;
> > a sphere is made up of points, and the real world
> > has no points in it. At least, not with the instruments
> > I've used to go looking for them.
>
> Then you have not used your head, I suppose ... :-)
>
> > I rather think 3 has more in common with unicorns than
> > with horses. (This is of course a metaphoric statement
> > rather than a literal one.) But I find 3 to be ... useful
> > nonetheless.
>
> Well, horses might not be that different from unicorns after all ...
> Different carrying device.
>
> > Marshall
>
> > PS. 5 is right out.
>
> What is with this 1,3,5,7 ?
> You skipped 2 ?
I guess this is how numerology was born ;)
Received on Thu Jun 08 2006 - 04:23:24 CDT