FOM: Successes of intuition over rigor

Alexander R. Pruss ap85 at
Fri Feb 15 13:40:15 EST 2002

On Fri, 15 Feb 2002, Neil Tennant wrote:
> No, I do not mean to suggest that. It's my opinion that (with respect to
> 4, 5 and 10) intuition inclines the non-rigorous to believe, and that the
> more rigorous tend to come to disbelieve them.

If memory serves, it is not the case that the majority of U.S.
mathematicians disbelieve #4 (that God exists).  Now, of course, one might
_define_ "rigorous" in such a way that anybody who accepts #4 is
_therefore_ unrigorous, but that is a useless stipulative definition.


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