Linguistic Ambiguity with a Personal Genie

Imagine I found a genie and it offered me two wishes. My wishes are to be fluent in all languages and to be the best person. What results would we expect?When it comes to language, would being fluent in all languages mean I am an excellent musician and mathematician? Or are maths and music simply… Continue reading Linguistic Ambiguity with a Personal Genie

Is Infinity Real?

Although infinity is a mathematical term, it is very useful in entering the philosophy of what “real” is. To decide whether infinity is real, we must first decide whether any numbers are real and what criteria they either do or do not fit. For that, we need to know what makes something ‘real’? Does it… Continue reading Is Infinity Real?

The Imaginary Pet

Here is what may well be the nerdiest pet peeve you ever hear of. I don't like the mathematical but imaginary number i. Even the fact that I have to press ctrl+i, i and then go through Word’s autocorrect features and undo the automatic capitalisation irritates me. But the thing that really irritates me is that it’s… Continue reading The Imaginary Pet

Scientism

Wikipedia defines scientism thusly: “Scientism is a term used, usually pejoratively, to refer to belief in the universal applicability of the scientific method and approach, and the view that empirical science constitutes the most authoritative worldview or most valuable part of human learning to the exclusion of other viewpoints. It has been defined as "the… Continue reading Scientism

Probability and the Lottery: can I make you rich?

Oh dear, he’s going to try to teach us again… Using Probability to Cheat the Lottery The number that has come up the fewest number of times in the National Lottery in the UK is the number 20 (175 times). The number that has come up the most frequently is the number 44 (244 times).… Continue reading Probability and the Lottery: can I make you rich?