Kurt Gödel has been called the greatest logician since Aristotle and A Genius at odds with the Zietgeist. GG has just released an mp3 of my reading of his 1961 (undelivered) lecture titled, “The Modern Development Of The Foundations Of Mathematics In The Light Of Philosophy”.
You can the link to open it in iTunes, etc. on his podcast page or access the mp3 directly below:
It should become very clear that Gödel was a lone voice in his age of logical positivism, skepticism and analytical philosophy such as Harvard’s Dr. Willard Quine’s variety. Quine of course called the higher reaches of Set Theory mere mathematical recreation, a view clearly at odds with Gödel’s. According to Dr. Richard Tieszen of San Jose University, “The three philosophers Gödel found most congenial to his own way of thinking were Plato, Leibniz and Husserl.” In fact Gödel saw much of Western Thought as being on the wrong path since it had strayed from the influence of Leibniz in the 18th Century. It is surprising that Gödel promotes Kant (albeit in a modified form) with much enthusiasm in this lecture when Kant certainly helped to hasten the demise of Leibnizianism. Kant once called Plato’s work ‘babble’.
Oldest Temple in the World Covering an area the size of three tennis courts, the archaeological site known as Göbekli Tepe in South-east Turkey is known as the oldest temple in the world. Consisting of a series of sub-surface cult buildings, it is to be found on the top of a ridge overlooking a fertile agricultural landscape, north-east of the modern city of Saniurfa. According to the German archaeologists who have been excavating here since 1995, Göbekli Tepe, as much as 11,500 years old, was constructed by faceless individuals (+/- 500 years) belonging to an epoch known as the Pre-Pottery Neolithic. This was a transitional stage between the hunter gatherers of the still present Ice Age, and the more settled agricultural communities that emerged on the banks of the Euphrates river shortly after the ice sheets receded, causing a gradual change in temperature and environment. Why exactly Göbekli Tepe was built even before this took place remains a mystery. All that makes sense is that the various linear structures with roofs supported by carved T-shaped pillars, displaying a wide range of animals, birds, serpents, spiders and anthropomorphs of a quality unequalled thereafter until the emergence of the Sumerian and Akkadian civilizations down in the fertile plains of Iraq thousands of years later. What was the purpose of these incredible prehistoric structures? Might they be aligned to the stars like megalithic monuments worldwide?
Gobekli Tepe Stone with serpent carving from Karahan Tepe ( photo: Harran University ) Nearby is another Pre-Pottery Neolithic site called Karahan Tepe……………………………..