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A World Without Time: The Forgotten Legacy of Gödel and Einstein
Excerpt from the New Yorker article "Time Bandits", below:

Gödel’s conclusion went almost entirely unnoticed at the time, but it has since found a passionate champion in Palle Yourgrau, a professor of philosophy at Brandeis. In “A World Without Time: The Forgotten Legacy of Gödel and Einstein” (Perseus; $24), Yourgrau does his best to redress his fellow-philosophers’ neglect of the case that Gödel made against time. The “deafening silence,” he submits, can be blamed on the philosophical prejudices of the era. Behind all the esoteric mathematics, Gödel’s reasoning looked suspiciously metaphysical.

To this day, Yourgrau complains, Gödel is treated with condescension by philosophers, who regard him, in the words of one, as “a logician par excellence but a philosophical fool.” After ably tracing Gödel’s life, his logical achievements, and his friendship with Einstein, Yourgrau elaborately defends his importance as a philosopher of time.

“In a deep sense,” he concludes, “we all do live in Gödel’s universe.”
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4 days ago by jaypcross
A Koan is not a Riddle
The following is a break from my Marginally Acceptable series. Venkatesh asked for a review of Gilles Deleuze’s Difference & Repetition. This is what he got instead. Philosophy has long had two distinct approaches, embodied in the approaches of ancient Mediterranean, China, and India. via Pocket
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26 days ago by ghijklmno
Uncomputable Numbers - Cantor’s Paradise - Medium
Uncomputable Numbers
Real numbers we can never know the value of
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