It may be taboo, but I think the taboo is there for a reason - which is 
that to day that there is a Platonic realm implies a physical place in 
which pure forms or ideas are present independent of any content. Ask a 
mathematician instead whether there is a sense of mathematical truth that 
is universal, I don't think there would be as much resistance. Sense does 
not need a separate realm because sense can only be "here".


On Thursday, April 11, 2013 11:41:36 AM UTC-4, Roger Clough wrote:
>  The Taboo of Platonism
> Ask most mathematicians if they believe that 
> they invent new theorems or discover them. 
> If they discover those truths, then there is a pre-existing 
> Platonic realm of mathematical truth to which they naturally have access.
> But if you aski them afterwards uif they believe that there
> is a pre-existing Platonic realm in which mathematics exists,
> they will deny it for the most part.
> Because it is taboo to admit to the existence of
> a Platonic realm. 
> - Roger Clough
>  Dr. Roger Clough NIST (ret.) 4/11/2013 

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