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Re: The Horse's Head argument

Hi Joe,

As you say, "too many people are impressed by the apparent "rigor" of mathematical notation." They do not realize that symbols are merely abbreviations of longer verbal statements - they add nothing to the the accuracy of the information they transmit. Indeed, they are poisonous to knowledge, in that they befuddle people, who tend to forget just what the symbol contains and what it does not contain. The mind, if we are careful, is forced to artificially keep returning to the underlying verbal discourse, to truly understand the symbol. Why cause people such fatiguing and prone-to-error detours? Many people give up on logic nowadays because of this unnecessary complication.

Symbolization should only occur, if at all, at the very end of the theoretical research and discovery process. It is not a reliable tool to start with.

Regarding the link you gave me - I am sorry but cannot follow it, because I do not want to get entangled in endless conversations with hostile elements. I am retired, and enjoy my rest. You are welcome to pursue the conversation with them, using the replies proposed above. I always appreciate your questions, because they get me thinking.

Best regards, Avi





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Re: The Horse's Head argument

Hi Avi,

I understand completely that you don't want to get involved in arguments - there are always 'trolls' around and it can be upsetting if you're the target of one. But the link I gave is to a blog post and participation in the comments following it is optional, so just ignore the comments section. If you had read the post I was going to ask your opinion regarding one or two of the points made, although I'm largely in agreement with the content.

I was thinking of posting your proposed syllogism but didn't want to do so without your permission, so thanks for giving that.


I always appreciate your questions, because they get me thinking.


Glad to hear it! I value your opinions and the opportunity to ask questions concerning the content of your books, and other philosophical/logical topics. But I'll try not to pester you too much. :innocent: