Parody More than one right answer by Jeffrey Miller May 30, 2005 written by Jeffrey Miller May 30, 2005 My latest parody news story "Challenges to academic freedom" is up at Spero News. 2 comments 0 FacebookTwitterGoogle +Pinterest Jeffrey Miller previous post Faith packet loss next post Nuns in Netherlands Rejoiced With New Pope You may also like Canaan War Alert April 1, 2003 Progressive Parody March 19, 2004 The Pirates Of Penance September 29, 2004 Moloch's return October 21, 2007 UCC approves name change July 6, 2005 Hairshirt training program May 23, 2005 Rome Depot August 19, 2004 We need a buffer zone March 6, 2008 Nancy Pelosi Patristic Scholar August 26, 2008 Security Clothing July 21, 2004 2 comments Ashton Vaz December 31, 1969 - 7:00 pm Roberto, does Godel’s theorem apply only to logical systems based on numbers or to any logical system? If the former, then it can’t be used as proof against the secularists/realativists, unless what that they cherish as self-evident, i.e., “There is no such thing as (absolute) truth.” is a logical statement/system based on numbers. On the other hand I prefer to have fun and deflate their hubris with this question: “How can you be so (absolutely) certain that there is no such thing as (absolute) truth?” Reply Roberto May 30, 2005 - 3:35 pm Jeff, as a university math teacher, I can tell you that your fictitious situation is not as far away from what is happening in some places as you may think. Quite a bit of research is in fact being done on the social influence on mathematics, on connecting the math developed at different times in different parts of the world and there is some following to the claim that “math would be much different if the patriarchal model had not prevailed for so long”. And, as it so often happens, the problem is not with the truth that math provides, but with the gross misunderstandings that some people make of it, influenced of course, by moral relativism. What continues to intrigue me is the fact that what many consider as the most important mathematical discovery of the 20th century is virtually unknown among the public. I am referring to Godel’s incompleteness theorem, which basically says that in any logical system based on numbers there are infinitely many statements that are true, but cannot be proven. Could it be that this theorem is not made better known because it implies that science cannot prove everything and cannot solve all our problems, as the secularists claim? Reply Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.