BlueSciCon Episode 37: The Descent of Math

Dr. Sara Walker

Beverage: Seltzer Water
Listen: [mp3 download]

Questions to consider:

  1. Why does the universe seem comprehensible, and why should beings like us be here to comprehend it?
  2. How does our knowledge about the laws of physics permit us to access new physical states of the world?
  3. Do other creatures–such as birds or beavers–engage in knowledge manipulation of their environments? Are there early examples of the emergence of math, prior to the evolution of humans?
  4. Is the development of mathematics inevitable?
  5. Could we discover future, yet unknown, developments that make available new physical states of the world?
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