Note: I posted this originally at www.talkphilosophy.org
Mathematics "is the investigation of axiomatically
defined abstract structures using symbolic logic and mathematical notation." However, note the word axiomatically, what is an axiom? It is said to have been something "self explanatory", yet unprovable! No one
can prove "A=A" because it requires perception to find "A" which interprets raw data, i.e. reality, to be "A". So, is it not possible that "B" is "A"? Or for that matter that nothing is "A"? Absolutely is it possible, as it is interpreted
How can we prove math? How can we ever prove 1+1=2? Allow me to use an illustration to prove it: suppose I am at an apple orchard. I find an apple, then I find another: how many apples do I have? All I know is that I have one and another, it takes a leap of logic to assert that it is two apples. It requires a matter of belief
that 1+1=2. It is likewise with all
math, since it is based on previously "proven" statements.
Neo-mathmaticians do not seriously contest the authority of the relics of math, nor for that matter its doctrines. This is faith, according to Webster's dictionary
, in the supernatural. By supernatural, it is meant something "of or relating to an order of existence beyond the...universe". In this universe, 1+1 cannot be proven to equal two without a leap of logic. Therefore 2 does not exist in this universe if it requires the addition of one and another. Math then qualifies as the supernatural.
Religion is by definition consisting of two things: that which requires faith, and that which "services" the supernatural. Well, math requires faith to do anything!
And since it is part of the supernatural, any practice thereof would be practices to the supernatural. And by practicing math, one thereby services it, or rather services the supernatural. We can then deduce that math is then a religion.
Questions, comments, snide remarks? I am going to be revising it in the next few days, if I do anything to it I will post it here.