Stathis Papaioannou wrote: > Günther writes: > > > Well, let's see: in Alice in Wonderland, Humpty Dumpty fell off a > > wall. This is true, isn't it? It is certainly true independent > > of our minds. Indeed, it is true in such a way that even when > > all humans have died, this universe will have a contained a life-form > > which produced an author who wrote a book in which Humpty Dumpty > > fell off a wall. But neither Humpty Dumpty nor the fact that he > > fell off a wall were ever true in this universe - only that this > > story was written, and that many people read about it and could > > converse about it. > > > > So if you believe that numbers have an independent existence, then you > > would definitely also have to believe that Humpty Dumpty exists. > > Both are products of the mind. Either both exist, or both don't > > (other than as brain patterns). > > > > As much as I would like Humpty Dumpty to exist, I'm afraid that > > it is not so. > > The existence of numbers is not like the existence of objects, and I don't > think that most mathematical Platonists would say that it is.
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