On Friday, December 20, 2013 5:26:15 AM UTC-5, Bruno Marchal wrote:
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> On 20 Dec 2013, at 02:15, Craig Weinberg wrote:
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> If it's all just math, what is the unexpected surprise that makes it 
> funny? Is math surprised that its math?
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> It is of course only surprising for those deluded (assuming comp) into 
> thinking that there is some primitive non mathematical reality, like the 
> aristotelian theologian, who believe in a non mathematical primitively 
> physical universe.
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> The real surprise, in the arithmetic internal views,  is the existence of 
> the universe (not the fact that it is not a primitive).
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> The absence of X, if proved, would surprise the believers in X, in a same 
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> "Surprised" is prejudice dependent.
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But in the comic, the character who makes the joke is not supposed to be 
deluded. It's not that believers in X are surprised, its a depiction of how 
the consequences of the absence of X seem surprisingly absurd to believers 
and non-believers alike.

Craig

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> On Wednesday, December 18, 2013 2:07:47 AM UTC-5, Brent wrote:
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>>  http://abstrusegoose.com/544
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>> Brent
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