[FOM] Reflections on Vienna Meeting
Timothy Y. Chow
tchow at alum.mit.edu
Sat May 14 19:55:05 EDT 2011
Harvey Friedman expresses some bewilderment at some remarks by Angus
MacIntyre. Perhaps the following remarks may help.
Someone who feels that he is valiantly defending the honor of someone he
loves doesn't always speak coherently. In such a situation, loyalty
trumps consistency, and sometimes even trumps truth.
When mathematicians feel that they are defending the honor of mathematics,
they don't always speak coherently. F.o.m. experts are bewildered,
because they react by logically analyzing the incoherent arguments and
getting a complete mess.
If the goal is to change people's minds then it is probably more fruitful
to work on making f.o.m. seem attractive, rather than to speak in a way
that will be likely perceived as denunciatory or threatening.
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