[FOM] Unreasonable effectiveness
Charlie
silver_1 at mindspring.com
Thu Nov 7 12:05:35 EST 2013
WRT: the physical world is completely mathematical, isomorphic to a mathematical structure, and that we are simply uncovering this bit by bit.[6
Let's suppose the physical world is completely "schmathematical," but schmathematics is quite different from our piddly mathematics, though the internal relationships among elements of schmathematics are completely schlogical, which is a superior kind of logic inaccessible to our inferior minds.
On Nov 5, 2013, at 7:18 PM, Dustin Wehr <wehr at cs.toronto.edu> wrote:
> "A different response, advocated by Physicist Max Tegmark in 2007, is that physics is so successfully described by mathematics because the physical world is completely mathematical, isomorphic to a mathematical structure, and that we are simply uncovering this bit by bit.[6] In this interpretation, the various approximations that constitute our current physics theories are successful because simple mathematical structures can provide good approximations of certain aspects of more complex mathematical structures. In other words, our successful theories are not mathematics approximating physics, but mathematics approximating mathematics."
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