### Induction Seduction

Pharyngula: Watch out, mathematicians, you're next!

Let's set the record straight about

How mathematics is in doubt.

Yes, math too has its dirty lies

But hides them from discerning eyes.

You want to see this great seduction?

Take a look at math's "induction."

Godless mathematicians say

ALL natural numbers known today

Can make themselves!--just start with one

Then add on one until you're done.

But what they say is plainly flawed;

They perpetrate a mighty fraud!

All things wise and wonderful,

All digits, even, odd,

All sums nice and numberful,

They all were made by God.

Math'matics is religion too

With arcane symbols through and through.

Has any math-magician ever

Made all numbers? No, they're clever:

Show the start, BELIEVE the rest.

They'll NEVER put it to the test.

They've tried and tried but they get weary:

See! Induction's JUST A THEORY!

Let's set the record straight about

How mathematics is in doubt.

Yes, math too has its dirty lies

But hides them from discerning eyes.

You want to see this great seduction?

Take a look at math's "induction."

Godless mathematicians say

ALL natural numbers known today

Can make themselves!--just start with one

Then add on one until you're done.

But what they say is plainly flawed;

They perpetrate a mighty fraud!

All things wise and wonderful,

All digits, even, odd,

All sums nice and numberful,

They all were made by God.

Math'matics is religion too

With arcane symbols through and through.

Has any math-magician ever

Made all numbers? No, they're clever:

Show the start, BELIEVE the rest.

They'll NEVER put it to the test.

They've tried and tried but they get weary:

See! Induction's JUST A THEORY!

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