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Decolonising mathematics and science: new reading list

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Q. 1. I would like to know how I can decolonise myself mathematically. (I am an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer with engineering back ground.)
Q. 2. Do u suggest any videos of yours or any books? subsequently how I could prevent my kids from mental colonization.
A.

Step 0.

Proposed videos. The general good news is that I plan to produce a series of videos aimed at school children to prevent their indoctrination through colonial/church school texts. Hope to get them out within the next 3 months.

Step 1.

Read the non-technical accounts. A good starting point is 1000 word article for the layperson which went viral but was censored. The full version is still available on my blog.

To decolonise math stand up to its false history and bad philosophy.

As the first lesson in decolonisation, ask yourself: why was an article on mathematics censored after publication? Did it contain obscenity? And if there was something wrong in it why was anyone unable to point to a single mistake till now? As for people, they protest censorship of sex but not of mathematics: why?

Journalists mould your opinion, but today’s journalists look at the social backing, not the evidence. They call it “quality control” (meaning social control).  At least one editor did apply his mind, at  the Wire which put back the article (but forgot about the key issue of philosophy included in the title). Similarly,  Science 2.0 highlighted the claim that “Euclid” was a black woman, obviously something to be censored in South Africa.

Decolonisation is NOT only about history alone. Another philosophy is important for the contemporary value of decolonised math and science. So, why is it taboo? A preliminary exposition is in the article on

Mathematics and censorship

In short, there are two issues regarding math: (1) the myths, and (2) the superstitions surrounding formal (Western) math.

The myths

Myths are the anchor of superstition. If you have heard a story, such as that of Euclid, and have no evidence, it is probably a myth. Here is an easy book on myths: the myth that science is Western in origin.

Is Science Western in Origin?

It is available on Kindle and from the Other India Bookstore, Goa. Hindi version from Daanish Books, Delhi, and Multiversity, Penang. It is suitable for children (but they should skip the scholarly preface by Vinay Lal).

The superstitions

For some 1500  years, Western civilization was dominated by the church, whose power is based on falsehoods. It is an idle fantasy of the colonised mind that this effect of the church just disappeared overnight. The manifest fact is that the church is still powerful in large parts of the world, including the US. And the West is still steeped in church myths and superstitions which creep even into science in a variety of ways, especially through math. (more…)