FOM: Successes of intuition over rigor

Neil Tennant neilt at
Wed Feb 13 21:04:56 EST 2002

Here is a modest list of the successes of intuition over rigor.

1. Everything is composed of earth, air, fire and water.
2. The sun goes round the earth.
3. The earth is flat.
4. God exists.
5. There is an afterlife.
6. For every property F, there is a set of all Fs.
7. Peano arithmetic is complete.
8. Space is Euclidean.
9. There is only one kind of infinity.
10. Mind is distinct from matter.

Neil W. Tennant
Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Professor of Cognitive Science

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