On 9/7/2012 8:43 PM, Jason Resch wrote:
Platonism (or mathematical realism) is the majority viewpoint of modern mathematicians.
In a survey of mathematicians I know it is an even division. Of course they are all
methodological Platonists, but not necessarily philosophical ones.
Computationalism (or functionalism) is the majority viewpoint of cognitive scientists
and philosophers of mind. Thus the scientific consensus is that infinite (mathematical)
Except mathematical truth is just a marker, T, whose value is preserved by the rules of
logic. Whether a proposition that has T corresponds with any fact is another question.
is the self-existent cause and reason for our existence.
That is very far from a scientific consensus. I'd say majority the opinion among
scientists who are philosophically inclined is that mathematics and logic are languages in
which we create models that represent what we think about reality. This explains why
there can be contradictory mathematical models and even mutually inconsistent sets of
axioms and rules of inference.
Few people today have realized that this is inevitable conclusion of these two commonly
Not only that a few people have rejected it.
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