Author Archives: Huenemann

About Huenemann

Curious about the ways humans use their minds and hearts to distract themselves from the meaninglessness of life.

Undergraduate Teaching Fellows

We have some limited spots available for Undergraduate Teaching Fellows. If you have taken Intro, Ethics, or Social Ethics, and are interested in serving, please send me a note (charlie.huenemann@usu.edu). The basic idea is that you assist an instructor and serve as a tutor, and get paid $750 for the semester.

Explaining Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem in words of one syllable or less

As the semester wraps up, and students are busily trying to write clearly about difficult stuff, they may be encouraged by this effort of George Boolos to explain Gödel’s second Incompleteness theorem in words of one syllable:

Gödel’s Second Incompleteness Theorem
Explained in Words of One Syllable

First of all, when I say “proved”, what I will mean is “proved with the aid of
the whole of math”. Now then: two plus two is four, as you well know. And,
of course, it can be proved that two plus two is four (proved, that is, with the
aid of the whole of math, as I said, though in the case of two plus two, of
course we do not need the whole of math to prove that it is four). And, as
may not be quite so clear, it can be proved that it can be proved that two plus
two is four, as well. And it can be proved that it can be proved that it can be
proved that two plus two is four. And so on. In fact, if a claim can be proved,
then it can be proved that the claim can be proved. And that too can be
proved.

Now, two plus two is not five. And it can be proved that two plus two is not
five. And it can be proved that it can be proved that two plus two is not five,
and so on.

Thus: it can be proved that two plus two is not five. Can it be proved as well
that two plus two is five? It would be a real blow to math, to say the least, if
it could. If it could be proved that two plus two is five, then it could be
proved that five is not five, and then there would be no claim that could not
be proved, and math would be a lot of bunk.

So, we now want to ask, can it be proved that it can’t be proved that two plus
two is five? Here’s the shock: no, it can’t. Or, to hedge a bit: if it can be
proved that it can’t be proved that two plus two is five, then it can be proved
as well that two plus two is five, and math is a lot of bunk. In fact, if math is
not a lot of bunk, then no claim of the form “claim X can’t be proved” can be
proved.

So, if math is not a lot of bunk, then, though it can’t be proved that two plus
two is five, it can’t be proved that it can’t be proved that two plus two is five.
By the way, in case you’d like to know: yes, it can be proved that if it can be
proved that it can’t be proved that two plus two is five, then it can be proved
that two plus two is five.

 

Undergraduate Conference – Call for papers

3rd Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

UNT DEPARTMENT of Philosophy and Religion in conjunction with

UNT Department of History, UNT Philosophy Club, and Phi Sigma Tau

CALL FOR PAPERS- This year’s theme: History of Ideas

UNT Department of Philosophy and Religion is announcing an open call for philosophy or history papers with submissions open to undergraduate students and Phi Sigma Tau members. This is an exciting pre-professional learning opportunity for anybody considering a path to graduate school or a career in academia. Submissions of papers should be focused on writing, researching, and reviewing philosophical concepts that serve to explore the writer’s particular area of interest.

Keynote Speakers: Mariana Alessandri and Alexander Stehn: University of Texas- RGV

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Submissions on any area of philosophical/historical interest are welcome. Papers should be limited to approximately 30 minutes reading time (approx. 10-12 pages double spaced). Please prepare for blind review, eliminating any author-identifying marks. In addition to the paper submission please provide, in a separate document:

Name

Name of School/Affiliation

Title of Paper

150-word abstract

CONFERENCE INFORMATION: The conference will be held on April 6, 2020, at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February, 2020

Reviews and acceptances will be completed within two weeks from the deadline.

Participants should: · Submit your paper/abstract to untphilosophyconference@gmail.com (include “UNT undergraduate philosophy conference” as the subject heading)

· For more information, email; Michael.thompson@unt.edu

Invitation from Institute of Religion

I received the note below. It’s aimed at Philosophy Club, so basically any students in philosophy are eligible. If you’re interested in attending, please send me (Huenemann) a note, and I’ll reply! (My email is charlie.huenemann[at]usu.edu)

 

Professor Huenemann,

[…] I am a representative for the Campus Relations Committee from the Institute of Religion for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We are hosting an interfaith dinner on the 13th of November [5 – 6:30 p.m., in the campus Institute Building] and would love it if you and any other people from your faith group came and joined us! Our goal is to build stronger relationships among the different faith groups on campus so that we all have a stronger support system.

Please RSVP the number of people attending from your group at least a week in advance (by November 6th) so that we can have enough food for everyone and can adjust for any dietary needs people may have.