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Mathematics As The Divine Order

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Posted by Mario Dovalina on July 17, 2001 19:41:41 UTC

"I know you would like to dismiss a divine order as unnecessary, but your metaphysics has problems which I pointed out. In order to have a pure mathematical order you probably will need an infinite collection of all possible 'math worlds'. This option is very unappealing and frankly I think untenable."

I know I can't compete with you on this playing field, but I'll try anyway. Why would you need an infinite collection of all possible math worlds? Isn't it enough to say "Here are all the possibilities, out of which only one emerged?"

Just because an idea is unappealing doesn't mean it's untenable. I find the theory of relativity unappealing, but it is at least highly accurate (i.e. validated again and again.) I find cauliflower unappealing, too, but it still grows quite proficiently. :)

"A divine order has none of those problems and is very easy to picture why such an order exists to the universe."

The only reason your divine order has such properties is because you know nothing about it. It's easy to take some theoretical divine order, with no known properties, and say "Well, it must be this way because I think it's appealing." Isn't it possible, or even probable, that an external divine order to the universe would have many of the same properties that you find unappealing in mathematics?

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