On 20 January 2014 08:56, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net> wrote:

>  On 1/18/2014 7:38 PM, LizR wrote:
>  Or it could be because we, denizens of this physics/universe, invent
>> them.
>>  Why would that make it effective, though? After all we also invented
> fairy tales, and conspiracy theories, and religion, and...)
> And those fairy tales were effective too - up to a point.  "Don't sleep
> near the swamp because the night demons will make you sick.", probably
> saved a lot of people from malaria.

Fairy tales and religion "work", in this sense (when they do - there's a
lot of nonsense invented by humans, too!) because they encode knowledge
about the world. So why does maths work? If it encodes knowledge about the
world, where does that information come from?

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