Re: More on Churchland

Matthew S. Tomaso (Tomaso@MAIL.UTEXAS.EDU)
Tue, 19 Sep 1995 19:28:15 -0500

At 11:26 PM 9/19/95 +0900, John McCreery wrote:

>Why should a humanist with only the shakey remnants of college
>level math worry about such things? As Churchland observes, we
>may be on the verge of new ideas that shatter the folk
>psychologies with which we usually operate. Where will that
>leave us?

Since many of the ideas John discusses from Churchland seem at least similar
to structuralist interpretations (I' not sure if this is Churchland's
underlying method or John's way of discussing her/his views), let me have a
go at what I think we might be getting at (at best) here:

Perhaps a deep structure for mathematic reasoning (sort of hinted at in much
of Levi-Strauss)?

Just to be silly, postmodern, and provocative - perhaps this will allow us
to develop neostructuralism as a way of incorporating multivocality through
matrix algebra replacing binary oppositions! Have fun with this one, folks...

Matt Tomaso.
Anthropology. University of Texas at Austin.
Phone/Fax 512-453-6256