[FOM] Mathematics ***is*** formalising of our thought and intuition
hendrik at topoi.pooq.com
Thu Jun 3 20:00:33 EDT 2010
On Tue, Jun 01, 2010 at 03:27:07PM -0700, Robert Lindauer wrote:
> That there are not currently as-good political theories as there are
> mathematical theories is not essential to (either) science. Surely
> political scientists -could- carry on their discipline without error
> just as any mathematician might by simply being very conservative.
> Surely mathematicians have carried out poor calculations and/or
> proceeded under false assumptions.
> Surely it is the intention of every science to have error-free
> systematic understanding, this is not unique to mathematics.
Right. But mathematics is the most important tool they use
to achieve this when they do. It seems to be a necessary tool, although
it's not a sufficient one.
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