No, we’re not intending to go into this. Our concern is with the parallel nonsense of indigenous mathematics, about which we’ll be writing in the near future. But this stuff has to be noted, and someone should be hammering it. Aren’t there some active scientists around who are just a little perturbed?
For those interested, the philosopher Massimo Pigliucci has written on one encounter with this kind of thing. And yes, of course we could have made it a triple feature, or more; we just couldn’t resist the title. ACARA’s inevitably stunning contribution, from 2018, can be found here and here.
ps Merry Christmas, or Bah Humbug, or something. Stay safe.
We weren’t intending this post to trigger a discussion of “Aboriginal mathematics”, but if it does, it does. And, given it does, it seems reasonable to remind readers that the Best ATSI Elaboration competition is still wide open.