Episode Fifteen – Quora Questions on Mathematics


Mathematics is a series of methods which must be invented. One should not confuse the things being measured, which are discovered, and the methods used to make those discoveries. The methods are invented by someone and then discovered by everyone else.

The point is that the originators of mathematical methods invent them, they do not “discover them”.

But, in a way, this is not the primary issue. The more important issue is that you appreciate that mathematics is not “out there in the world” independent of the human mind.

The important thing to remember is that mathematics is a bunch of conceptual methods created for the purpose of measurement and do not exist “out there in nature”, independent of the human mind.


That brings us to the end of this episode. I hope you enjoyed our Quora questions on mathematics. If you would like clarifications on these answers or want to ask us your own mathematics questions, send them in.

Next episode we will briefly cover the nature of space and time. This will not go into great depth, but will cover the basics of what these are. Not physical aspects of the universe but conceptual relationships. More on this in the next episode!

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  2. Your episode 15 podcast has a title:
    Episode Fourteen – Life 3.0: A Slow Death, Part One

    That should be Episode Fifteen.
    This shows two episodes called Episode Fourteen in a playlist.

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    • So far we have been unable to see where it says that. Perhaps it shows up with the wrong title and we have not noticed yet?

      Possible, as I type this response, we have only just arrived back home and have not had a lot of time to check this out. We will check it out after some sleep. Or perhaps it is fixed now?

      Thank you by the way. It was a great and indeed very well deserved honeymoon. 🙂

  3. Well I can’t upload a screenshot, but when I view properties on the downloaded mp3 file MOP-2019-3-22-quora-questions-on-mathematics.mp3
    The title references podcast 14 from 2019-02-22 but the description shows the correct podcast 15 information.

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