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On the Azimuth blog I appended this to a comment I made:
My New Year’s resolution is to have another go to sell the idea that “The subject matter of Mathematics is how to think clearly about problems (mostly excluding human interaction issues like culture)”. Teachers and students are hopelessly confused by an education system that treats mathematics as a collection of facts (about Platonic entities) which is sometimes useful in the real world. My definition will give Mathematics its rightful place in the core of a modern education. I’m not going to make any progress until I can find a real Mathematician to endorse the idea.
I was then delighted to get an endorsement from John Baez himself. This turned my project from a fantasy to something that might actually happen. So I’m going to use this forum thread to do some elaboration and some planning for how we can maximize our chances of taking over the world. I welcome any forumites to join the discussion, whether you agree or disagree. John has indicated that if the discussion is reasonably coherent he will use it as the basis of a blog post. That will significantly increase the number of people reached and contributing positive and negative views. Hopefully soon after that we’ll have a plan and we can start in earnest.
“you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.” A.A.Milne