Boring people try to use mathematics to prove whatever they want to be the truth to seem like the truth. In reality it’s merely dry rhetoric masquerading as fact. I’m not saying mathematics is useless or anything like that. It can be a useful tool for converting observed information of the real world into units for analysis, or something like that, for people who can think mathematically. Doesn’t work for me, but I can appreciate the Fibonacci principle, fractals and stuff like that.
When I was a kid I thought the outer space is really big with lots of planets and galaxies out there, there must be life, aliens, green gooey things there somewhere. However scientists said the chances for life existing on Earth is so astronomically small, it’s even more unlikely there’s life somewhere out there. It pissed me off, but I didn’t how to respond so I kept quiet. Now it’s fairly obvious to me that the scientists were pulling their odds out of their asses since this planet is full of life in myriad different forms. It seems very likely that life exists on Earth. So why not somewhere else?
However a few days ago I was listening to Red Ice Creations again. They were interviewing some Alien Scientist guy. He said that the universe is so big, the odds are very likely there is life out there somewhere. He didn’t convince me either. He used the same fallacy the scientists of my childhood (not any actual people, just the ghost of the scientific community that haunted me) to try to prove the opposite. BULLSHIT is bullshit even if it’s TIHSLLUB. How about going out there and taking a look instead of masturbating into your calculations in your den?
I’m not knocking mathematics, I’m bitching about people who have a bunch of numbers made up based on assumptions and wishful thinking mixed with a bit of real data. I’m talking about people who claim Big Bang happened or that Dark Matter exists because the numbers say so. Same goes for Evolution, even though not sure if mathematics has much to do with it, yet it’s mere theory, little empirical experience. I’m not saying that those three things are necessarily false, just that I’m not buying it based on rhetorical mathematics.
Try to use maths to calculate the combined age of the children of my grandfather. To be able to do that you need a lot of information. First of all you need to know which of my grandfathers I’m talking about. You’d need to know how many children he has and their ages. I didn’t specify do all of them have to be alive or not. Pretty much impossible task unless you’re with the CIA and can find out stuff about me I don’t know. Yet our hypothetical mathematician might try to do that. Assuming he’s read my blog he knows I’m 30 years old. Then he goes into probabilities. He assumes that the parent who is the child of the aforementioned grandfather was at least 20 when they had me, so he/she would be 50 or more. He think that the average family has 2.3 children, however was back when my grandfather had kids, people used to have more, so he might think there are 4 or 5 kids. He might try calculate their averages and so on. Basically guessing without having a clue about reality. I don’t have a problem with people guessing, but when they try to claim it’s science, it annoys me. Seems to me a lot of so called science is merely guesswork based on knowing two or three variables in the equation, but missing at least as many. That’s what I call it, guesswork. Nothing wrong with it. A hamburger can be a hamburger, but don’t say it is a fresh vegetable just because it has some lettuce in it.
Probabilities are bullshit. I’ve played various games of chance over the years using dice or cards. The probabilities may say it’s entirely unlikely to be able to roll six sixes in a row only a single die (singular of dice), yet things like that do happen. Someone can argue they are just probabilities, numbers used as a guide, they don’t have anything to do with reality. What’s the use then? And moreover, probabilities are used to make all sorts of pseudo-scientific claims such as the existence/non-existence of aliens. Based on my experience, empirical evidence, there are other forces that affect dice and games of chance. I’m not just talking about dice being unevenly balanced, but some people seem to have very good luck, others have bad luck. I’d say it has something to do with their attitude. Somehow they are able to affect their die-rolls on quantum level or something, either that or they intuitively know what results will come next and act accordingly. It doesn’t mean that the one with the good luck always wins, but they seem to have some control over it.
Probabilities are best when used to prove that people who rely solely on mathematics don’t know what the fuck they are talking about.