On 12/16/2013 4:41 PM, LizR wrote:

On 17 December 2013 13:07, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net <mailto:meeke...@verizon.net>>wrote:## Advertising

In a sense, one can be more certain about arithmetical reality than the physical reality. An evil demon could be responsible for our belief in atoms, and stars, and photons, etc., but it is may be impossible for that same demon to give us the experience of factoring 7 in to two integers besides 1 and 7.But that's because we made up 1 and 7 and the defintion of factoring. They're our language and that's why we have control of them.If it's just something we made up, where does the "unreasonable effectiveness" comefrom? (Bearing in mind that most of the non-elementary maths that has been found toapply to physics was "made up" with no idea that it mighe turn out to have physicalapplications.)

`I'm not sure your premise is true. Calculus was certainly invented to apply to physics.`

`Turing's machine was invented with the physical process of computation in mind.`

`Non-euclidean geometry of curved spaces was invented before Einstein needed it, but it was`

`motivated by considering coordinates on curved surfaces like the Earth. Fourier invented`

`his transforms to solve heat transfer problems. Hilbert space was an extension of vector`

`space in countably infinite dimensions. So the 'unreasonable effectiveness' may be an`

`illusion based on a selection effect. I'm on the math-fun mailing list too and I see an`

`awful lot of math that has no reasonable effectiveness.`

`Another answer is that we're physical beings who evolved in a physical world and that's`

`why we think the way we do. That not only explains why we have developed logic and`

`mathematics to deal with the world, but also why quantum mechanics seems so weird compared`

`to Newtonian mechanics (we didn't evolve to deal with electrons). There's a very nice,`

`stimulating and short book by William S. Cooper "The Evolution of Reason" which takes this`

`idea and develops it and even projects it into the future.`

`http://www.amazon.com/The-Evolution-Reason-Cambridge-Philosophy/dp/0521540259`

Brent "The duty of abstract mathematics, as I see it, is precisely to expand our capacity for hypothesizing possible ontologies." --- Norm Levitt -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to everything-list@googlegroups.com. Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out.