I want to continue the adventure from yesterday- let’s see if Badiou can be of any help
Okay, so what do we do to fix this?
He says unless you know recent advancements in math when you say the words “infinity” or “logic” you don’t know what you’re talking about.
The late nineteenth century… that DOES seem to be when the milk really spoiled.
He blames this on the French Revolution (some Frenchies know what’s up)
to the detriment of the kind of sub specie aeternitatis contemplation of mathematical truths
I sense that part of liberals feel themselves burning in hell when faced with the objectivity of math. “gasp, What if this is true of other things too, double gasp!”
I can’t tolerate this
the philosophers lagging several miles behind
While you do only have so much time in life, math DOES seem “up there” in terms of priorities. Probably up there with learning ancient Greek and piano. The thing about explaining snowflakes algebraically yesterday I thought was pretty cool. There really IS order in the universe. “Not where it matters!” I know, I know… I probably just need to motorboat some boobs and I’d be a new man. They can just be ANY boobs though, that’s the problem.
Just trying to narrow it down
the most complex and exciting mathematical problems are… specifically the daunting problems of algebraic geometry.
This is enticing me
mathematics is a way of approaching the real, including the most elusive real
Heh Adorno thinks it’s Beethoven. I’ll hear this Frenchie out.
He says there are structures that recur in everything that exists and math studies these structures.
I don’t think it’s beyond the goblins and orcs to throw all of math into a burn barrel eventually. Because… the goblin structure, the orc structure.
How lost are moderns to even need this
you have the feeling of touching an external reality, in the sense that it’s not just a fabrication of the mind
Everyone is a Cartesian doubter of REALITY. You need some triangle lines to confirm that it’s all real?
“Oh god no, the world is run by pure evil and me and my loved ones exist at its whim, and if I don’t comply I will pay the price.”
This is interesting
it wasn’t until the early seventeenth century, or around 2,000 years later, that scientists realized, thanks to Kepler, that the orbit of the planets was an elliptical path, which up until then had been thought of as a circle. In this case, mathematics was clearly the anticipated invention… This is why I reject the theory that mathematics derives from sensory experience. It’s the other way around: the real of sensory experience is thinkable only because mathematical formalism thinks, “ahead of time,” the possible forms of everything that is.
There must be a list somewhere of the things they’ve thought ahead of time about that still haven’t been actualized yet.
Anyway you can’t help but admire how Badiou absolutizes Heidegger’s ontology through math. Only a god can save us, said late Heidegger, and maybe that god is math. Nietzsche is such a jagaloon for thinking art could do what religion did. No, you need an absolute ground.
Hmm it looks like I’m going on something of a real-life adventure today.