Mathematical Realism and Its Discontents

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Reuben Hersh, a mathematician and mathematics philosopher, believes humans created math. He reasons that math is all in the heads of humans, and is a “social phenomenon”. According to Hersh math is not “physical, not mental, but social”. Math to Hersh is a creation of humans that would not be found in other regions of the universe. According to Hersh if there were other life forms out there in the universe they would not have …

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…see everything as math, whereas an alien might see some kind of different explanation for everything around them. Altogether math is an explanation for the universe that was created by humans, aliens in the universe might have a better or worse system of explanation but no judgement should be cast on their system. The system of mathematics is similar to the calendar system; there are different systems, but they all deal with the same principles.