Friday, June 13, 2008

Happy Friday the 13th

Happy Friday the Thirteenth. I decide to pound out a chapter on Rich Theory about myth.

To be honest, I am not sure how to handle the question of myth. I need a section on myth because there is no way to talk about the history of math without bringing up the important role that ancient myths play in our understanding of math.

I like the idea of putting the discussion of myth right after a section on perspective. Perspective demonstrates that each of us has a limited and compressed image of reality.

My view on myth is that myth is simply part of the way that we compress and store information. IMHO, none of us have a complete view of the world. To a large extent, our minds are filled with myths about the world, and that we will never change this.

I don't like mentioning myth in the second chapter of the work as neither mythmaking nor mythbusting is a primary concern of mine.

I think it is a mistake for one to become consumed with either the idea that we must dedicate our lives to separating truth from myth (discarding all the myth), or with the idea that everything is myth; so life is a matter of creating myths that bring our partisan group to power.

In my opinion, the preoccupation with myth sits right there with the preoccupation with propaganda.

Anyway, Friday the 13th will come to an end soon. I hope all of you survived.

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