Mistakes, Re-takes, New takes
July 24, 2011
We’ve all been there. Some ideas work out. Some are mistakes. As a Moral Math practitioner, I’ve been developing workshops about math and social behavior for quite a while now. About a year ago, I tried for a big grant to help me fund more research in this area. Alas, it didn’t work out. That’s not the first time this has happened, either. A mistake. A retake. Now a new take. Check out the Moral Math page — and keep rechecking, as I post new ideas about where and when Moral Math workshops will be offered.
A New Start
June 29, 2010
Hello World! Or at least hello to that part of the world with an interest in things mathematical, religious, or (even better) both.
I’m Sarah Voss, and here is the debut of the newly-upgraded pi.zine!– a website dedicated (well, mostly dedicated) to the relationship between math and religion. Please browse. If you want to add a comment, feel free to use the reply box below or, better yet, check out the Circle Friends page.
THE MATHEMATICS OF THE SOUL
June 23, 2010
Soul, nothing but infinity closing, constantly.
In Plato’s “Myth of Er” the souls, having left their dead bodies behind on earth, line up to choose their new lives according to lot. Those who draw the first numbers receive first choice from the immense pool of possible lives. The departed souls, in other words, rely upon a random process of ordering, i.e., on mathematics, to help determine the nature of their immortality. But mathematics is more than a practical aid to the soul. To Plato and the ancient Greeks, indeed, to a surprising number of individuals throughout history, mathematics has been a way of defining and understanding the soul…. To read this full entry, go to Sarah’s Notebook.