*Authored by Toni Airaksinen via Campus Reform,*

A professor at the University of Exeter claims in a new textbook that** learning mathematics can cause “collateral damage” to society by training students in "ethics-free thought."**

“The Ethics of Mathematics: Is Mathematics Harmful” was written by University of Exeter Professor Paul Ernest, and published as a chapter in a 2018 textbook he edited called *The Philosophy of Mathematics Education Today*.

Despite the myriad benefits math offers to society—such as increased scientific knowledge and improved healthcare, allowing us to live longer and happier lives—Ernest warns of three ways mathematics education causes “collateral damage” to society.

First, Ernest asserts that * “the nature of pure of mathematics itself leads to styles of thinking that can be damaging when applied beyond mathematics to social and human issues,”* since math facilitates “detached” and “calculative” reasoning.

“Reasoning without meanings provides a training in ethics-free thought,” he writes, fretting that this “masculine” paradigm “valorises rules, abstraction, objectification, impersonality, unfeelingness, dispassionate reason, and analysis.”

Second, he argues that the* “applications of mathematics in society can be deleterious to our humanity unless very carefully monitored and checked,” *worrying particularly about how math facilitates transactions of money and finance.

“Money and thus mathematics is the tool for the distribution of wealth,” he states. “It can therefore be argued that as the key underpinning conceptual tool mathematics is implicated in the global disparities in wealth.”

Finally, Ernest worries of the **personal impact math has on “less-successful students,” especially women, **since math is often perceived as a “masculine” and “difficult” subject.

“One of the persistent myths of the twentieth century has been that females are ‘naturally’ less well equipped mathematically than males,”Ernest claims, albeit without acknowledging data that would complicate his theory.“So two of the detrimental effects of images of mathematics that I shall foreground here are first the negative impact on female students following on from the masculine image of mathematics. Second, the negative impact of mathematics related experiences and images on the attitudes and self-esteem of a minority, including many girls and women,” he writes.

Reached by *Campus Reform*, Ernest explained that he wrote this chapter due to his long-standing interest in the intersection of math and ethics, dating back to 1990, when he edited his first book on topic.

The new textbook for which the chapter was written—*Philosophy of Mathematics Education Today*—was inspired by conversations held at the 2016 International Congress on Mathematical Education in Hamburg, Germany, Ernest explained.

he noted.“Of course I acknowledge that mathematics is wonderful and beneficial in many ways,”

## Comments

Yeah, and Gravity is a bitch for fat people. What's your point?

Maffs be hard......

your best hoodrat,

Tyrone

In reply to Yeah, and Gravity is a bitch… by E.F. Mutton

https://prowhiteparty.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/ghetto-math-test.jpg

In reply to Maffs be hard...... your… by ZENDOG

Hammers are "ethics free." And if I go to build this asshat prof a house, I'm going to need one. Then again, I could just embed the hammer in his skull. The hammer gives no shits either way.

In reply to https://prowhiteparty.files… by 1982xls

Funny how these atheist progressives always try to lecture us on

morality...From the Wikipedia article on Paul Ernest:

"

Furthermore, the theorems and truths of mathematics always remain corrigible, revisable, and indeed."fallible— in principle at leastI wonder if he tries claiming mathematics is fallible when he files his tax returns. Now

there'san ethical dilemma...In reply to Hammers are "ethics free." … by El Vaquero

maff be raciss yo

In reply to Funny how these atheist… by Pool Shark

The math made me do it!!!!

In reply to maff be raciss yo by vato poco

Dumb fucker doesn't even know the difference between mathematics and accounting.

In reply to The math made me do it!!!! by topspinslicer

Maff b hard... and raycisssss.

Maff must be made illegal.

In reply to “Money and thus… by Shemp 4 Victory

Look up the statistics in America for black proficiency in math in public schools. It's too funny to even be real. Niggers and civilization go together like oil and water.

http://foxbaltimore.com/news/project-baltimore/13-baltimore-city-high-s…

In reply to Maff is hard and rayciss… by ThinkerNotEmoter

I can solve your finiancial math issues for you.

Gimme your wallet

In reply to Look up the statistics in… by char_aznable

Pi is racist. e is bigoted. Phi is evil.

In reply to Maff is hard and rayciss… by ThinkerNotEmoter

Don't even go near Gamma(z) in the left half plane.

In reply to Pi is racist. e is bigoted… by Stuck on Zero

Yeah, that 1+1=2 can be a real bitch.

[But nothin' from nothin' still nothin', ya gotta have somethin' yes siree...]

In reply to Don't even go near Gamma(z)… by Joe Davola

I think an airliner crashed on the Russian border because all the Poles were on the left half plane.

In reply to Don't even go near Gamma(z)… by Joe Davola

I see what you did there -- for most folks, this is right over their heads! :>D

In reply to I think an airliner crashed… by Friedrich not Salma

So it's just as unsafe to fly _around_ the Bermuda Triangle as to fly through it!?

In reply to I think an airliner crashed… by Friedrich not Salma

I can easily refute the good Professor - LTCM!!! Five Nobel Laureates who worked really hard at redistributing the Wealth of their Rich clients!!!

In reply to Maff is hard and rayciss… by ThinkerNotEmoter

Maff's b hard for dindus...

Crypto b impossible for hedgies...

In reply to The math made me do it!!!! by topspinslicer

Crypto maff b da best.

In reply to Maff by Cryptopithicus Homme

Driving Under the Influence of Math.

"Sir, have you been solving math problems?"

"Just one officer, but it was like three hours ago."

"Sir, step out of the car please. I'm gonna ask you to submit to an IQlyzer test."

"Uhh..."

In reply to The math made me do it!!!! by topspinslicer

people who get math and probabilities do much better at trading and poker than do people who do not. so whats the problem with math again?

I know poker players and traders who make more than this shitmatician author ever made.

In reply to Driving Under the Influence… by Skateboarder

Don't drink and derive.

In reply to Driving Under the Influence… by Skateboarder

That sounds really Persian lol.

In reply to Don't drink and derive. by quesnay

Isn't Derive the black pronunciation of Drive? Your clever comment really gets complicated when you try to interpret it through that prism!

In reply to That sounds really Persian… by Skateboarder

You can differentiate the black pronunciation by the presence of the "n'shieet!" suffix.

Derive - Mathematical operation

Derive n'shieet - Operating an automobile

In reply to Isn't Derive the black… by RAT005

a perfect 10 on the epic meter

In reply to You can differentiate the… by Frito

He was doing derivation and was arrested for drunk deriving.

In reply to Driving Under the Influence… by Skateboarder

Funny how these religious conservatives always try to lecture us on morality. http://jesusnorepublican.org/Reasonable/GOPimmorality.html

In reply to Funny how these atheist… by Pool Shark

Said professed prof needs:

1. Paycheck filled out according to the

feelingsof the crankiest SOB in payroll.2. All his taxes done by someone who simply writes the numbers they

feelin each box on the tax form.3. His bank statement filled out by someone who writes the numbers they

feelin each space on the form.4. All bills he receives filled out according to the

feelingsof a miscellaneous person working for the vendor.5. The clerk at any store where he shops charges him for items according to their

feelings.6. Any medication dosages determined by the

feelingsof a miscellaneous medical person.7. Any legal issues resolved according to the

feelingsof a miscellaneous law person.In about 15 seconds he will get a dose of what his "philosophy" entails. The question is, whether he has sufficient intelligence to learn anything from such an experience. Many progs are so dedicated to being

they are un-teachable.tribal membersIn reply to Funny how these atheist… by Pool Shark

Here he is, in the flesh:

https://0.academia-photos.com/245367/53162/48972/s200_paul.ernest.jpg

Click if you dare

In reply to Funny how these atheist… by Pool Shark

Tony Blair with a tan?

In reply to Here he is, in the flesh:… by Omni Consumer …

Ah, but he gave himself an escape clause.

"...when applied beyond ...."

The hammer when applied beyond the nail, like his head.....

In reply to Hammers are "ethics free." … by El Vaquero

Yeah and these retards are the ones teaching young minds......

_{we are}_{FUBAR}In reply to Ah, but he gave himself an… by samsara

Sry this is the one you were looking for I believe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YePRy8KWC4A

In reply to https://prowhiteparty.files… by 1982xls

Professor Blames Mathematics For "Global Disparities In Wealth"Anyone can reach a desired metric by using some ludicrous measurement.

Mathematics is the language, it can not create disparity.

The cause of disparities…………….For the stupid professor:

Private money

Interest rates

Taxes structures

Trading money (financial flows) instead of bartering goods.

In reply to Maffs be hard...... your… by ZENDOG

Lies, damn lies and statistics..........

In reply to Professor Blames Mathematics… by Escrava Isaura

Anyone know any rich mathematicians?

In reply to Professor Blames Mathematics… by Escrava Isaura

"the

personal impact math has on “less-successful students,” especially women,since math is often perceived as a “masculine” and “difficult” subject". Boo F--ing Hoo Can't keep up? then smarten up, or tap out. which is what a large portion of our darker/browner population has done .Let's boil this ridiculous article down. They can't compete in the real world so those who can add and know the multiplication tables, are white, privileged, toxic masculine, supremacists who must be singled out and beaten down to the equivalency of 80th percentile IQ bunch. whose motto is: "maffs be raciss. That is what this so called professor is asserting. I'll bet he can't even balance his checkbook.In reply to Maffs be hard...... your… by ZENDOG

Yes, dumb people suck at math.

In reply to Yeah, and Gravity is a bitch… by E.F. Mutton

A down vote?

Damn... facts... ARRGHHH!

In reply to Yes, dumb people suck at… by 1982xls

The average African immigrant has an IQ in the mid 70s. The average Mexican immigrant has an IQ in the high 80s. People wonder why public education has been on the decline in the US and Europe. They wouldn’t if they looked at the facts. Liberals hate science, math, and DNA beyond discrediting religion, because it cuts through bullshit. You can’t integrate lower IQ immigrants into society without attempting destroy critical thought.

In reply to Yes, dumb people suck at… by 1982xls

E.F. Mutton wins!

Well played sir! [golf clap]

In reply to Yeah, and Gravity is a bitch… by E.F. Mutton

Heaven forbid that if you are a dumb motherfucker that you reap the stupidity that you sow!

How fucking dumb are these motherfuckers?

In reply to Yeah, and Gravity is a bitch… by E.F. Mutton

The dude had a hard time with fractions, let alone algebra and everything else after. From there brewed a deep contempt for mathematics and a lifelong mission to get rid of the damn thing once and for all. MATH MUST DIE!

In reply to Heaven forbid that if you… by chubbar

lolz ahahahahahaha ...

In reply to Yeah, and Gravity is a bitch… by E.F. Mutton

fuk me lol well done!!

In reply to Yeah, and Gravity is a bitch… by E.F. Mutton

As the classrooms become darker, they will stop teaching math all together. Hurting asians the most....

In reply to Yeah, and Gravity is a bitch… by E.F. Mutton

Math is sexist.

Hahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!! 😂

In reply to Yeah, and Gravity is a bitch… by E.F. Mutton

So; a modern day Alexandrian book burner ?

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