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Sunday, January 10, 2010

We Can Vote!

The following anecdote shows the application of democracy to places it usually doesn't go:

A group of kindergartners are studying a frog, trying to determine its sex.

"I wonder if it's a boy frog or a girl frog," says one student.

"I know how we can tell!" pipes up another.

"All right, how?" asks the teacher, resigned to the worst.

Beams the child: "We can vote."

A few years ago, John Derbyshire said:
I await with interest the coming poll on public beliefs about the Continuum Hypothesis.
In possibly-related news, Bill Gasarch is collecting votes on The Axiom of Choice vs. The Axiom of Determinacy.

I'm dubious about the power-set axiom in the first place.


Anonymous Vader said...

I'm told the definable numbers can be set in one-to-one correspondence with the integers. I am skeptical of the existence of non-definable numbers, and thus of the reals.

But I'm willing to put it to a vote.

1:28 PM  
Blogger Joseph said...

I'm told the definable numbers can be set in one-to-one correspondence with the integers.

... but not in a computable manner.

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Vader said...

Right; there are definable numbers that are not computable. So I'm tempted to disbelieve in noncomputable numbers. But that seems a little too, I dunno the word, operational, maybe?

6:20 PM  

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