I am not looking to start a deep discussion or stir up a debate but merely poll volunteers for data to develop a forming hypothesis. We are all familiar with the types of debates posted here and in other forums and while participating I have tended to notice a pattern.
My hypothesis is that people who have difficulty believing in a deity, and how others can, also have difficulty comprehending mathematical objects as anything other than mental constructs. i.e. That mathematical objects have no ontological value, that they are completely mind dependant. I am looking to see if this is explicitly the case, and if the inverse is also true. Are those who are likewise compelled to see guided intelligence in the universe, more likely to view mathematical objects as non-extended existing entities? And lastly, if these hold true, what is ratio of exceptions to this possible rule of thumb?
So here are the questions:
Are you an atheist, a theist or someone who does hold a firm position on theism?
Are you prone to believe that say the natural number "2", has ontological value outside of human minds?
Are you prone to believe that an integer such as "-2", has ontological value outside of human minds?
Are you prone to believe that an irrational number such as Pi, has ontological value outside of human minds?
Are you prone to believe that an imaginary numbers usually represented as "i" or the square root of "-1", have ontological value outside of human minds?
Thanks in advance to your participation or any reference to sources on this subject.
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