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by wtf
Sat Nov 28, 2015 5:26 am
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: What is the most uninteresting number?
Replies: 53
Views: 4679

Re: What is the most uninteresting number?

Then where do you think interesting/uninteresting comes from? If I understand you correctly, if I asked you if there's an uninteresting grain of sand on the beach, you'd say that every grain of sand on the beach is interesting because it's in a particular location and a sexy lifeguard might be near...
by wtf
Sat Nov 28, 2015 5:12 am
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: What is the most uninteresting number?
Replies: 53
Views: 4679

Re: What is the most uninteresting number?

Not quite. Interesting is discerning. Up to the individual to decide what is interesting, right? If it's up to the individual, then you agree there is no objective answer to your question and anything that anybody says is right. Looks like we're done here. I'm sorry the interesting mathematical con...
by wtf
Sat Nov 28, 2015 5:03 am
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: What is the most uninteresting number?
Replies: 53
Views: 4679

Re: What is the most uninteresting number?

And interesting/uninteresting is a human idea (and animals too) so what makes the "random" ball interesting isn't the ball, rather it is the selecting and witnessing humans so the idea of interesting isn't intrinsic with the selected ball. Then you're going in circles. If you stick your hand in a p...
by wtf
Sat Nov 28, 2015 4:03 am
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: What is the most uninteresting number?
Replies: 53
Views: 4679

Re: What is the most uninteresting number?

Here's something you're overlooking with the randomly chosen ball. Why was that one chosen and the others weren't? Interesting? It's completely random. Do you regard that ball as interesting solely by virtue of having been selected? If so, that's post-hoc interestingess. Before the random choice, n...
by wtf
Sat Nov 28, 2015 3:39 am
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: What is the most uninteresting number?
Replies: 53
Views: 4679

Re: What is the most uninteresting number?

Here's something you're overlooking with the randomly chosen ball. Why was that one chosen and the others weren't? Interesting? It's completely random. Do you regard that ball as interesting solely by virtue of having been selected? If so, that's post-hoc interestingess. Before the random choice, n...
by wtf
Sat Nov 28, 2015 3:19 am
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: What is the most uninteresting number?
Replies: 53
Views: 4679

Re: What is the most uninteresting number?

Are you saying that the order of a number is what makes it interesting? Or where it is on the list of numbers? I would say there are any number of reasons that would make a number interesting. The most interesting is declaring a number to be uninteresting which automatically makes it interesting, t...
by wtf
Sat Nov 28, 2015 2:40 am
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: What is the most uninteresting number?
Replies: 53
Views: 4679

Re: What is the most uninteresting number?

I'm not denying real numbers That's exactly what you appear to be doing if you are arguing any version of constructivism/finitism. but pointing out a logical weakness to your position. I don't see it. What I'm saying is that as soon as you're saying a number is uninteresting, then you're automatica...
by wtf
Sat Nov 28, 2015 2:12 am
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: What is the most uninteresting number?
Replies: 53
Views: 4679

Re: What is the most uninteresting number?

Are you missing the point that I have not specified any number? I have described an uncountably infinite class of numbers, each one of which can't possibly be described. I could not identify or pick out any one of those numbers even if I wanted to. That's why none of them can be interesting. Not a ...
by wtf
Sat Nov 28, 2015 2:00 am
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: What is the most uninteresting number?
Replies: 53
Views: 4679

Re: What is the most uninteresting number?

The answer is there is no such number. Google my question and read Wikipedia. PhilX Did I not state and acknowledge that argument in my first paragraph; then go beyond it to demonstrate that there are many uninteresting real numbers? Because you state it doesn't make it so. Because the act of ident...
by wtf
Sat Nov 28, 2015 1:44 am
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: What is the most uninteresting number?
Replies: 53
Views: 4679

Re: What is the most uninteresting number?

Philosophy Explorer wrote: The answer is there is no such number. Google my question and read Wikipedia.

PhilX
Did I not state and acknowledge that argument in my first paragraph; then go beyond it to demonstrate that there are many uninteresting real numbers?
by wtf
Sat Nov 28, 2015 1:37 am
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: What is the most uninteresting number?
Replies: 53
Views: 4679

Re: What is the most uninteresting number?

It can't be a positive integer, for the well-known reason that if there were an uninteresting positive integer, there would be a least such; and that itself would make it interesting. My vote would go to any noncomputable real number. The fact that noncomputable numbers exist is interesting. These a...
by wtf
Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:02 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Based on this, it sounds like quantum computing is around the corner
Replies: 28
Views: 2389

Re: Based on this, it sounds like quantum computing is around the corner

When quantum computers start to replace classical ones it will be a major paradigm shift just as classical computers were when they started to become popular back in the day. And the ramifications of this will be as much social as technological because of the way information can be more securely st...
by wtf
Tue Nov 24, 2015 8:43 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Questioning the supremacy of mathematical formalism in understanding the universe
Replies: 40
Views: 4022

Re: Questioning the supremacy of mathematical formalism in understanding the universe

When dealing with intellectual and philosophical issues, however, there is a limit to how much one can break down the paragraphs without diluting or even breaking its logical thread. "When writing about transcendental issues, be transcendentally clear." -- Descartes Perhaps the fact that my questio...
by wtf
Tue Nov 24, 2015 8:41 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: True Yoga
Replies: 25
Views: 2286

Re: True Yoga

When I saw this title I thought this was about a university canceling a popular Yoga class because Social Justice Warriors complained that westerners practicing Yoga is "cultural appropriation."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/uni ... 093a589bd3
by wtf
Sun Nov 22, 2015 8:25 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Questioning the supremacy of mathematical formalism in understanding the universe
Replies: 40
Views: 4022

Re: Questioning the supremacy of mathematical formalism in understanding the universe

@Ittiandro, Would your concerns be addressed if we agreed that scientific theories are descriptive rather than explanatory? In other words (as Newton pointed out), his theory of gravity only described how gravity works; the theory does not say what the underlying mechanism is. If we view science as ...