Thursday, January 25, 2007

2+2= who cares

According to some commenters over at Rabble who would apparently like to return to the days of short life expectancy, mathematics is a tool of oppression. If we are considering the junk science propagated by people like Al Gore, I might be inclined to agree, but what is being expressed here is a wholesale rejection of common sense and rationality. Click here to read one of the most unbelievably insane comment threads I have read for a good while.

I've come to realize that probably one reason I struggled with algebra, geometry, was that it seemed to me that these were basically reactionary academic disciplines, useful for designing weaponry or potentially repressive computer technology, but not with any obvious humanistic or social positive uses.
And a little further on ...
I agree. The uses of mathematics are primarily to serve the elites and powerful within society. Thanks to mathematics, the United States was building rocket ships to collect pebbles on the moon while they had hundreds of millions of their own citizens at home starving to death. Mathematics is great for building nuclear war heads, weapons technology, software to line the pockets of millionaire fat cats, or creating non-sense to feed the bullshit rationale for junk sciences such as economics. But for the poor working family just trying to get by, mathematics has very little to offer.
No need to balance your personal budget, so long as that government check keeps on coming. So what if our social programs are bankrupting the country? The government can simply print more money.

HT: Little Tobacco

Also appearing at The Broom


Little Big Man said...

Silly bastards commenting mindlessly with technology that exists only because of: mathematics.

Former Londoner said...

"I've come to realize that probably one reason I struggled with algebra, geometry" How about stupidity?

On the other hand it brings up a rather creative excuse for not studying or completing homework.

Barbie said...

"Math class is tough!"

Little Tobacco said...

"There is no branch of mathematics, however abstract, which may not someday be applied to the phenomena of the real world."
-- Nicolai Lobachevsky

"Nature's great book is written in mathematics." -- Galileo

"People who don't count won't count." -- Anatole France

"Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one."
-- Malcolm S. Forbes

"Think! Think and wonder. Wonder and think. How much water can 55
elephants drink?" -- Dr. Seuss

Honey Pot said...

That is insane, that way of thinking. Someone should ask them how the post man would find them to give them their government subsidies if they didn't know how to figure out house addresses. I get such a good laugh out of the clowns at babble.

Mike said...

"...Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else. Not in the individual mind, which can make mistakes, and in any case soon perishes: only in the mind of the Party, which is collective and immortal. Whatever the Party holds to be truth, is truth. It is impossible to see reality except by looking through the eyes of the Party. That is the fact that you have got to relearn, Winston. It needs an act of self-destruction, an effort of the will. You must humble yourself before you can become sane.

"Do you remember," he went on, "writing in your diary, "Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four?"

"Yes," said Winston.

O'Brien held up his left hand, its back towards Winston, with the thumb hidden and the four fingers extended. "How many fingers am I holding up, Winston?"