An attempt is made to talk about the strange ideas of Zen Buddhism. The Zen monk Mumon, who gave well known commentaries on many kõans, is a central figure. In a way, Zen ideas bear a metaphorical resemblance to some contemporary ideas in the philosophy of mathematics. After this "Zennery", Gödel’s fundamental idea of Gödel-numbering is introduced, and a first pass through Gödel’s Theorem is made.
While you read
- How is Verbum (Fig. 149) like a Strange Loop?
- The Gödel-numbering of TNT (p. 268) is very similar to another "encoding". Which one is it?
- On p. 266 DRH says that
MUMONcan be taken in at least two different ways. Can you think of more?
- Looking back, can you find another implicit meaning of the Contracrostipunctus? (p. 92)
- Find a Gödel-Numbering for the pq-System and "arithmetize" the rules. Is there a way to characterize pq-numbers in a simple way?
- Is Zen complete? Is it consistent?