Life is a riddle the answer to which is ineffable.

There is an abyss as unfathomable as the heights of faith and joy.

Love is the answer but one that we have to believe in. Without this faith it’s useless. But if we believe, we will die, we will…

And we’ve killed it.

Picture by Eyasu Etsub on Unsplash

In an airplane interview released in 2009, Bobby Fischer, arguably the most talented chess player of all time, exclaimed

I hate chess!

He argued that the game is irredeemably broken due to the influence of engines. The reason for this is that now, less and less depends on originality, creativity…

How to interpret the same data in a completely different way.

Werner Heisenberg and Niels Bohr (Boston Arts Diary)

Realism in regards to mathematical objects claims that they are abstract (i.e. non-concrete and atemporal) and objective (i.e. independent on the subjective impression of a person). There were dozens of gallons of ink spilled over the dispute about the justification for committing oneself to such abstruse objects, and a certain…

i.e. a historical case against Platonism in philosophy of mathematics

Almost everybody, I assume, would agree that mathematics, generally understood as a set of definitions, rules and theorems, is an a priori field. Following the Kantian nomenclature, for the last two centuries there was however no consensus if it was analytic or synthetic. Frege, Russell or the Vienna Circle believed…

A brief survey of recent insights from cognitive science

R. Opałka’s OPALKA 1965 /1 — ∞”

In the recent “ask me anything” streaming, Noam Chomsky pointed to an interesting problem.

Darwin and Wallace were very puzzled and debated the fact that all humans have arithmetical capacity. [That] it’s just a part of our nature to understand that there are infinitely many natural numbers; that when you…

The fathers of constructivist thought in philosophy of mathematics (from left to right): Leopold Kronecker, Henri Poincaré, L.E.J. Brouwer and David Hilbert

The foundational crisis in mathematics along with roughly four decades following it, was likely the most fertile period in the history of logic and studies in the foundations. After discovering the set-theoretic paradoxes, such as the paradox of the set of all sets, together with the logical ones, like Russell’s…

Source: “Understanding Cantor’s Mathematical Infinity

On August 2. 2020 Cantor’s Paradise published Bruno Campello’s brief critique of Cantor’s approach in transfinite mathematics. The author raises some doubts about Cantor’s debunking Euclid’s 5th principle stating that the whole is greater than the part. Campello gives an interesting argument against Cantor’s reasoning, but it itself raises a…

Jan Gronwald

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