pure mathematics has its own beauty in the same way that poetry adds a beauty to language

I think math is marvelous. It’s hard to beat it as a measuring tool and pure mathematics has its own beauty in the same way that poetry adds a beauty to language without being strictly adhering to grammar and such. In short, there’s the math that corresponds well with reality and then there’s the math that doesn’t but has a beauty of its own that goes beyond.
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Hm. Maybe. There’s been a fight between Science and Philosophy for a long time though. I don’t have handy-quotes, but if you think about it, revealing Science-as-a-system within Philosophy takes away some of the power of Science as absolute arbitrator of Truth, so philosophy can be dangerous as Science progresses forward in power.

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 Agreed. Because of your dual-interest, you can see further than either “silo of knowledge”. Puts you in a very strong position, although you’ll likely find yourself in a number of debates from both camps in the process.
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Indeed. Specializaton. You rarely see a PhD in Generalism.
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 It’s encouraged by the system though. All of them. If I wanted to be a doctor for example, there’s no financial benefit to becoming a general practitioner and becoming a GP isn’t encouraged but specialization is strongly encouraged.
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Yes, and I think our society’s globalization and changes in commercial fields is going to require more generalists and less specialists. Unfortunately, there’s no school for generalist. Liberal Arts was supposed to be that, but they left that realm long ago.
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I only LEARNED that “Generalist” is even a real word just about a year ago. I thought one day, “Wait, everybody’s a specialist. But who is a generalist? Is there such a thing?” and, indeed there is. There’s articles extolling the virtues of the generalist and predictions of a future that will require more and more of them – and I believe that to be true – but we’re still stuck in an antiquated industrial revolution model.
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 The only career I could find that embraces Generalist is… of all things… Human Resources. Freakin’ human resources. But at least they got that one right.’
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Oh absolutely. I go back and forth making fun of both. I see no reason why they can’t be integrated easily enough. Same with Humanities vs Sciences. The split is strange and artificial to me.
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 It’s beautiful stuff. Cognitively, we can’t process numbers that big, so we simplify to the letter E with a tilde above it and a subscript 7, with various layers of understanding that go deeper and further from there.
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 Well yes, the social science are dealing with different _types_ of complexity. It doesn’t make the complexities of mathematics LESS complex in the process.
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Ah. Well, they’re repelling an attack. They’re right: film studies is generally considered the “basket weaving” of academia… well, one of them. But it’s a uniquely complex field for those inside of it. And.. those inside of it, while they have inight into their OWN field of study, possess a simplified, minimal insight into fields that are NOT their fields, such as mathematics and hard sciences. This stereotyping and simplification allows them to push them aside as minimal in order to bolster their position as complex. It’s a common tactic in defense but it’s unnecessary. Better would have been to say, “Just as complex but differently” and explained how.
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Oh when I say maturity I’m not talking about puberty or brain structures. Rather, I’m talking about “outlook on life”. Wisdom. How you treat other people. If you treat someone with mutual respect, you can be 4 yrs old, 8 yrs old, 15 yrs old, 21, yrs old, 30 yrs old etc. It’s social immaturity.
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Me too. I may never reach my goal. In some ways, I was more socially mature when I was 12 than I am now. Ups and downs. Sometimes I let things slide off me, other times I fight. We’re all works in progress… or we’re stagnant. But I don’t believe there’s a natural progression from less to more when it comes to social stuff. Iv’e seen wise people get angry over one particular thing and all of their wisdom goes out the window and they become wordier versions of, “Your mom was your dad” and stuff like that.
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I’m a strong believer in civility. The word sound strange to me even today but I believe fully in it.
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Fighting and arguing is something humans will do ’til they day we die. I could have 1000 reasons why but it seems to be something all humans do at all ages and times. But the ability to recognize the other person/people as “human” is something we can do at any age and that’s where civility comes in. As far as the conversation they didn’t want to have, maybe they wanted to “post and run”. People who rant often do that. They believe what they believe and, well, that’s that.
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After 9 months straight in the philosophy forums, something changed in me for a little while. I still find myself doing it. Somebody had to point it out to me that I was doing it: I would argue more. If sometihng bothered me, I wouldn’t let it go and I would defend my position, not realizing I was REALLY going on the attack and trying to force a discussion when it wasn’t wanted. I was probably like that before.. but the fact that someone pointed out to me, “You’re always arguing everything nowadays” really sunk in, so I started working on just “letting it be”.
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