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Re: [ontolog-forum] rant on pseudoscience

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From: Ed Barkmeyer <edbark@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2010 13:04:08 -0500
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Rob Freeman wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 5:58 PM, John F. Sowa <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Paola, Avril, Rob, Ed, Rob,
>> First of all, it is essential to distinguish empirical sciences from
>> pure mathematics.  In empirical sciences, the ultimate test is agreement
>> of predictions with observations.  Mathematics, however, is not an
>> empirical science.
> Greg Chaitin might have issue with that statement. He wants us to
> accept a certain amount (Omega?) of maths is random, admitting of no
> proof but observation (Chaitin: "Is mathematics quasi-empirical?")
>       (01)

One of my professors once commented that there is an empirical branch of 
mathematics -- number theory.  It must be empirical, said he, because no 
result generalizes. :-)    (02)

-Ed    (03)

Edward J. Barkmeyer                        Email: edbark@xxxxxxxx
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"The opinions expressed above do not reflect consensus of NIST, 
 and have not been reviewed by any Government authority."    (05)

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