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    His incompleteness theorem deeply shocked Gödel. He was a very repressed, one might even say anal retentive, man. His own theory shook him to his core. Driving a stake through the heart of the Age of Enlightenment will do that. He then spent the rest of his life attempting to bring in the divine through intuition.

    People cannot contemplate the abyss for very long.

    His was a desperate attempt to rebuild what he himself had destroyed. Before him people "just knew" that mathematical statements were a priori true. Not only was there Absolute Truth, God was on His throne and all was right with the world, but we could also have a piece of it. That we could know these eternal truths meant that we contained a divine spark. For Gödel that spark was intuition.

    Gödel failed and his failure drove him mad.

    I understand there's some kind of upcoming political contest? -- Molly Ivans

    by brenda on Sun Dec 28, 2008 at 01:01:28 PM PST

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