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betreger Send message Joined: 29 Jun 99 Posts: 5229 Credit: 12,331,546 RAC: 13,226 |
I posit that logic is a tool used, sometimes in the thinking process. It has certain rules and can give different conclusions depending upon what assumptions are made. Since not all of us have the same view of reality many start witht different assumptions. |

betreger Send message Joined: 29 Jun 99 Posts: 5229 Credit: 12,331,546 RAC: 13,226 |
Axioms, somehow I group with assumptions. |

Sarge Volunteer tester Send message Joined: 25 Aug 99 Posts: 11080 Credit: 3,488,253 RAC: 4,427 |
I posit that logic is a tool used, sometimes in the thinking process. It has certain rules and can give different conclusions depending upon what assumptions are made. Since not all of us have the same view of reality many start witht different assumptions. Precisely. Hence, Euclidean and non-Euclidean Geometry, once it was realized Euclid's Fifth Postulate could not be proven but must in fact remain a postulate. Not the exact point I wished to make to Mr. Kevvy, but, from another angle, we see how use of logic as a tool in mathematics has then, in turn, led to experiments: what is the curvature of space? (Can Tullio add to this point? I'm not a physicist.) Thank you Chris, Glenn and betreger for joining in. We can learn from each other. Humbleness like Socrates. |

Sarge Volunteer tester Send message Joined: 25 Aug 99 Posts: 11080 Credit: 3,488,253 RAC: 4,427 |
Axioms, somehow I group with assumptions. Essentially the same. I cannot think of a reason to say otherwise. Except, perhaps, there must be a clear to statement, in a certain form, of an axiom/postulate. |

Darth Beaver Send message Joined: 20 Aug 99 Posts: 6461 Credit: 15,983,886 RAC: 23,461 |
That was another point my friend made about Logic peoples logic can be wrong if the assumptions are wrong to start off with . It mite sound Logical to them from there point of view. So when your told it's Logical look for the hidden assumptions the person made to get to there veiw |

Darth Beaver Send message Joined: 20 Aug 99 Posts: 6461 Credit: 15,983,886 RAC: 23,461 |
Sarge no prob mate I don't mind a good serious conversation like this . I don't think I.D is going to make much cents no way he will change his point of view on I.D but I am interested to here from him on this and how it fit's in with I.D |

betreger Send message Joined: 29 Jun 99 Posts: 5229 Credit: 12,331,546 RAC: 13,226 |
That was another point my friend made about Logic peoples logic can be wrong if the assumptions are wrong to start off with . It mite sound Logical to them from there point of view. I beg to differ, I posit that the conclusion would be correct based upon the assumptions however weird the assumptions are and we have seen some real weird assumptions on these boards at times. |

Sarge Volunteer tester Send message Joined: 25 Aug 99 Posts: 11080 Credit: 3,488,253 RAC: 4,427 |
I think he is using a looser version of a definition of logical thinking. I agree with you, though. This shows line segments in the Poincare half-plane. |

Darth Beaver Send message Joined: 20 Aug 99 Posts: 6461 Credit: 15,983,886 RAC: 23,461 |
Isn't that what I just said the conculsion may be sound and logical to them but that doesn't mean there right or Logical even if as you say they have started from a weird point of view to start with , there assumptions ??? |

Gary Charpentier Volunteer tester Send message Joined: 25 Dec 00 Posts: 19460 Credit: 23,747,504 RAC: 33,503 |
Axioms, somehow I group with assumptions. Yes. For instance the Axiom 1. We take 1 to always be 1. We do not believe 1 to ever be 4. Without this axiom, we can't even define addition. There are also the axioms of true and false. Without these we can't discuss any logic. I don't know of any proof of these axioms, nor how anyone could go about proving them as without the proof you don't even have formal logic to build it with. But this result that all we can perceive is based on assumptions should not surprise, or the conclusion that we are unable to even know that we exist. This bring me to ask which logic is it you wish to discuss. I'm assuming it is not formal logic as that branch of mathematics seems rather well established. |

Darth Beaver Send message Joined: 20 Aug 99 Posts: 6461 Credit: 15,983,886 RAC: 23,461 |
I know this is off topic but you guys looked at Angela's thread how lo can you go man the thread realy cracked me up some of the things she posted secially the 1 about her going near the photocopyer so funny from a guys point of view still laughing |

Sarge Volunteer tester Send message Joined: 25 Aug 99 Posts: 11080 Credit: 3,488,253 RAC: 4,427 |
For instance the Axiom 1. We take 1 to always be 1. We do not believe 1 to ever be 4. Without this axiom, we can't even define addition. This bring me to ask which logic is it you wish to discuss. I'm assuming it is not formal logic as that branch of mathematics seems rather well established. Obviously (?), I am going to come at this from my own perspective. I'm looking to see what common ground we have amongst those of us here. Is there something I can say to broaden someone else's perspective, or vice versa? The current impetus is I.D.'s frequent attempts to discuss science in a way that fits his beliefs. When I originally discussed this, I jumped into Religious Thread 8 back in late 2006. There, as now, I stated I was raised Lutheran but am now agnostic. My ... ahem ... discussions back then were with Chuck. He claimed to believe nothing. That every correct statement could be proved. He was, of course, coming at it from his brand of an atheist viewpoint. I believe I.D. now, and Chuck then, from opposite sides, did not have a good understanding of logic, proof and science. Whichever angle we're coming from, if we're going to discuss things (as opposed to bashing each other, which happens often enough), then we could all use a better understanding of logic. Regarding the first part of your post that I quoted, it remind's me of Chuck's post: Demonstrate that 2 + 2 = 4. Peano's Axioms, which I have not done much studying about, worked on putting arithmetic on the same kind of "firm ground" Euclid put geometry on by working out axiomatic reasoning. But can 1 ever be 4? This is like my responses to Chuck. http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=32479&postid=435014 Do you want to go into the 2 + 2 = 4 bit? We all know it's true! You can "demonstrate" it to a child by taking two sets of objects with two elements in each set, count up the total and get 4. Is that a proof? Would it surprise you to learn that mathematicians 100-200 years ago felt a need to axiomatize counting and arithmetic, and in fact did so? If you want more details on how they did it, I'll have to get back to you. I've only seen a little bit of it and it is more in the realm of set theory, of which I have only needed to use portions and have not studied as a content area in its own right. http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=32479&postid=435015
So, can 1 ever be 4? Yes, in the sense of "equivalence" modulo 3. The other portion, which I'll try to respond to tomorrow, was Mr. Kevvy's apparent assertion to I.D. that logic and experimenting are completely separate things. He may have even been asserting logic can be flimsy, using Glenn's looser definition, perhaps? |

Darth Beaver Send message Joined: 20 Aug 99 Posts: 6461 Credit: 15,983,886 RAC: 23,461 |
Sorry sarge my math is only high school and pretty basic but I can I think understand what you said i'm gona have to think about it interesting gona have to read it a few times getting late here and I gotta watch Doctor who's latest episode so till tomorrow bye Yes a 50yr old waching the Doctor, was brought up on it , I gotta get a life night |

Sarge Volunteer tester Send message Joined: 25 Aug 99 Posts: 11080 Credit: 3,488,253 RAC: 4,427 |
As I (and betreger, I take it) see logic as a tool, it stands apart from the math. In my day, in my part of the USA, we were explicitly taught about axiomatic systems/reasoning as part of our 10th grade geometry. How much we understood at the time is another matter. |

Sarge Volunteer tester Send message Joined: 25 Aug 99 Posts: 11080 Credit: 3,488,253 RAC: 4,427 |
I would also say that someone may claim to be using logic, but if we come upon two statements from that person (honestly held to be true by that person) that are contradictory, then logical thinking was not used ... or not used extremely well. There are posts from just a few days ago in a thread that can no longer be seen. That's what got me started on this ... again. I believe it was Mr. Kevvy, responding to I.D., that said something along the lines of: "Logic is used by armchair philosophers, and then there are the experimentalists." Also: "The Earth can't be rotating. Things would fly off. That's not logical." As for armchair philosophers, there's some truth to this, but anyone that knows enough cannot deny how this has led to applications. As for the experimentalists, in the time frame that was being referred to, I would guess that the classical age Greeks were just barely moving behind trial and error engineers. Just a bit past those that were able to build pyramids. Yes, they were developing the scientific method. But it has taken a long time to work out how we know whether the results of an experiment are significant. It is a marriage of the correct application of logic with the experimentation phase. Here's a place to start: http://www.psych.utah.edu/aoce/web-text/Hypothesis-Testing/index.htm. An experiment, testing a null versus alternate hypotheses only yields significant evidence against the null hypothesis if the probability (assuming the null hypothesis is true) we would have obtained a sample with such a result is low. Since probability is relied on, the experimenter is thus bound by the axioms of probability. The statistician, or a user/researcher of probability, is in turn bound by the axioms of calculus because probability draws heavily on calculus. |

betreger Send message Joined: 29 Jun 99 Posts: 5229 Credit: 12,331,546 RAC: 13,226 |
As I (and betreger, I take it) see logic as a I think we are saying the same thing, math uses logic as a tool but logic is not a subset of math. |

Sarge Volunteer tester Send message Joined: 25 Aug 99 Posts: 11080 Credit: 3,488,253 RAC: 4,427 |
Thanks. I think, for this to continue, I may have to invite Mr. Kevvy in here. Or, find out who it was that posting what I am responding to (besides I.D.) if it was not Kevvy. |

William Rothamel Send message Joined: 25 Oct 06 Posts: 3258 Credit: 1,315,023 RAC: 577 |
Point of order. All math is based on formal logic. All logic is based on Axiomatic set theory. Specifically, the Zermelo-Frankel system |

Darth Beaver Send message Joined: 20 Aug 99 Posts: 6461 Credit: 15,983,886 RAC: 23,461 |
Sarge I don't think I.D will come here your talking about logic and there an't any logic in I.D only the logic that the earth doesn't spin or wee would all fly off ????? good one |

Sarge Volunteer tester Send message Joined: 25 Aug 99 Posts: 11080 Credit: 3,488,253 RAC: 4,427 |
Sarge I don't think I.D will come here your talking about logic and there an't any logic in I.D (The poster) I.D. is currently on "vacation". The invitation was to Mr. Kevvy or whomever it was that responded to I.D. in a certain way, which I found to not be entirely accurate, either. @William Point of order. All math is based on formal logic. All logic is based on Axiomatic set theory. Specifically, the Zermelo-Frankel system You and I know this. I essentially said it. Beyond what was already said, I don't think it moves the discussion forward any. This might have: http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=71387&postid=1356988. But, since Mr. Kevvy or the poster that talked to I.D. about "armchair philosophers" vs. "experimentalists" has not joined, or no one has responded to the comments in the above link, then this thread has just about run its course. If no one follows up on that post, whether Mr. Kevvy or otherwise, then I may ask the mods to just lock the thread. We're not going anywhere with this right now. |

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