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 et.al., 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.
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Thursday, January 25, 2007
Posted by Lisa Turner on Thursday, January 25, 2007