DailyDirt: Math & The Mind

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Math is simultaneously illusory and real. On the one hand, it's a set of arbitrary symbols and chosen rules that can be modified and manipulated as we see fit, since it's just a human invention; on the other hand, the patterns it identifies and describes have intrinsic reality and significance. The same could almost be said about the concept of the human mind — so where the two intersect, there are fascinating things to be learned:

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    ChrisB (profile), 6 Jun 2014 @ 5:44am

    Re: Re: Deterministic non-determinism?

    People have a hard time understanding this. Predicting the orbit of one planet around one star is relatively simple and stable, but predicting three orbiting objects is chaotic can be intractable.

    There is more than enough unpredictability to make humans seem non-deterministic, when in fact we are totally deterministic.

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