]]>not to talk about the individual accomplishments of black Americans, because to do so is to “teach students that ‘really good, really successful’ Black folks are exempt from racist structures.”

Not exactly…

From wikipedia (but basically on the money):

Gödel published his first incompleteness theorem in 1931 when he was 25 years old, one year after finishing his doctorate at the University of Vienna. The first incompleteness theorem states that for any ω-consistent recursive axiomatic system powerful enough to describe the arithmetic of the natural numbers (for example Peano arithmetic), there are true propositions about the natural numbers that can be neither proved nor disproved from the axioms.[4] To prove this, Gödel developed a technique now known as Gödel numbering, which codes formal expressions as natural numbers. The second incompleteness theorem, which follows from the first, states that the system cannot prove its own consistency.[5]

Gödel also showed that

neither the axiom of choice nor the continuum hypothesis can be disproved from the accepted Zermelo-Fraenkel set theory, assuming that its axioms are consistent. The former result opened the door for mathematicians to assume the axiom of choice in their proofs. He also made important contributions to proof theory by clarifying the connections between classical logic, intuitionistic logic, and modal logic.

Maths in some sense is an act of faith. You can’t prove maths is right from within maths. Think of a Swiss Army knife. A useful tool (I have one) but can you take it apart with itself? The italics are mine and are important because “not disproved” is not the same as “proved”.

]]>I mention this because the Western canon has investigated these ideas but bad faith actors have misunderstand/misused them for other purposes.

The key fact to bear in mind is not that Post Modernism brings along a different method or standard for judging objective reality but instead rejects the idea of objective reality in itself. Post modernists and those who do not realise they are following PM precepts rejects the idea of objectivity completely. For them, there is only power. Power determines reality.

]]>“In Maths class in second or third year of secondary school, there is always some lazy moron who whinges “Why do we have to learn this stuff, we’ll never have to use it!” These morons “grow up” and become journalists or activists.”

Or lawyers. Don’t forget lawyers.

]]>These morons “grow up” and become journalists or activists.

Why does anyone listen to these fools?

Lucky for them, some of us did “learn this stuff” and use it, otherwise they wouldn’t have their iPhones, laptops, roofs over their heads, frequent flyer miles, etc.

]]>Lewisham East’s Labour MP must believe there are a *lot* of illegal immigrants if she thinks 4 * 3.5 million is the total number of UK citizens legally entitled to vote.

If you have a philosophical issue with 2 + 2 = 4 then I guess multiplication is a struggle, a proper fraction is hard indeed, and noticing the improper fraction you get when more people vote than are legally entitled to do so would be very improper indeed.

]]>Today even professors of mathematics declare that 2+2=4 is to with “white supremacy” and “patriarchy”.

I think only professors of Maths Education!

]]>Next time something costs $5., I’ll give two $2 coins, and if there is a complaint, I’ll accuse the other person of being a racist and/or colonialist. Would that keep me from prison? (Nicholas (Unlicensed Joker) Gray, May 11, 2021 at 8:17 am)

I think your chances might be better if you were in Minneapolis and black (of course, many shops there are boarded up these days). However I guarantee that, even in Australia, you would be safer than if you tried it on an African chieftain two hundred and fifty years ago.

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