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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Set Theory Objections?

Ya never know what will show up on BoingBoing… this recent longish piece is on the objections of some Christian fundamentalists to set theory:

http://boingboing.net/2012/08/07/what-do-christian-fundamentali.html

From the piece:
"Set theory, particularly the stuff about infinity, has a bit of that wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey flavor to it. It doesn't make sense on the level of 'common sense'. It's dealing with things that aren't standard, simple numbers. It makes links between nice, factual math and floppy, subjective philosophy. If you're raised in Christian fundamentalist culture, all of that—every last bit—absolutely reeks of modernism. It's easy to see how somebody at A Beka [a Christian publisher] would look at set theory and conclude that it's really just modernist propaganda. To them, set theory is just a step on the road to godless atheism."
…and young homeschooled minds are being filled with this stuff.

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