FOM: wider cultural significance: polylogism
Stephen G Simpson
simpson at math.psu.edu
Thu Mar 11 16:27:48 EST 1999
Vladimir Sazonov 06 Mar 1999 11:23:20
> > some mathematicians and math educators in the United States are
> > now pushing the idea of ethnomathematics -- different mathematics
> > for different ethnic groups.
> Is it serious?
Yes. In 1990's United States, ethnomathematics is proposed seriously,
taught in publicly funded universities, etc. Incredible and scary,
but it is happening.
> By the way, I listened that Kolmogorov gave the following joke
> definition of woman's (in contrast to man's) logic:
In 1990's United States this is no joke. Feminist scholars have put
forth a theory to the effect that `non-linear' female modes of
reasoning are preferable to `linear' male modes of reasoning. Also,
postmodernists attack the `logo-phallo-centric' culture.
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