Tom Stringer

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Tom Stringer
Posted almost 3 years ago
Is our math wrong? Is it our assumption of zero, or absolute nothingness?
The question is better posed: Where does mathematics, including the number line, come from? The answer to question, given by cognitive science, is clear. All branches of mathematics depend on the particular metaphor one chooses for number. Pertinent to this discussion, the Numbers-are-Points-on-a-Line Metaphor gives rise to zero as a necessary entailment of this metaphor. There are other metaphors for number, each of which gives rise to a different arenas mathematics. Questions about the existence of such things as negative numbers and zero are only meaningful in the context of ones commitment to the ontology of the metaphor undergirding these entailments.