Side Comments on Suarez and Swamidass


(John Harshman) #41

No. Proving theorems isn’t science, but it may help science. The point of proving theorems is to discover the implications of a hypothesis or some mathematical statement, opening the hypothesis up to further testing. Isn’t it? Proving theorems doesn’t give you new knowledge about the world, which is what science is for.

I thought you were a philosopher. Are you a quantum physicist too?

(John Harshman) #42

Appeal to dictionary:



  1. deduct an amount from (the usual price of something).
    “current users qualify for a discounted price”
    synonyms: deduct, take off, rebate; More

  2. regard (a possibility, fact, or person) as being unworthy of consideration because it lacks credibility.
    “I’d heard rumors, but discounted them”
    synonyms: disregard, pay no attention to, take no notice of, take no account of, dismiss, ignore, overlook, disbelieve, reject;

(S. Joshua Swamidass) #43

20 posts were split to a new topic: The Relationship Between Math and Physics

(George) #57


@swamidass has provided the necessary academic caveats… while putting them in a THEOLOGICAL context for those who barter in theology.

But i dont expect an atheist to grasp the multi-level nuances of Joshua’s position!

(Dr. Patrick Trischitta) #58

I don’t expect anyone to grasp the multi-level nuances of Joshua’s position, even Joshua!

(John Harshman) #59

You got to admire those multi-level nuances. Shiny!