math and reality

gus (
Fri, 02 Jul 1999 14:31:03 -0400


i would have to back tom here. math is a model of reality, a
super-perfect mirror that reflects our world with greater clarity than
it could ever actually have.

what good is a mirror that sits unused un a closet, for fear of the
harsh light that gives it its beauty? what good are mathematical
constructs if we do not attempt to apply them to life in ways that
they were never meant to. they were originally made to model systems we
can grasp and see with our minds eye. let us use them to give us
insight into matters we can not.

this is probably preaching to the chorus, but see Godel, Escher, Bach
: An Eternal Golden Braid, by Douglas Hofstadter



On Fri, 02 Jul 1999 10:56:29 -0700, Tom Whore <> said:

> Life is a sloppy beast. Math in pure state is a wonderful thougtsacep,
> but when it comes smack slam into the putrid flesh of the living is where
> I find it the most interesting.