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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    Lawrence D’Oliveiro, 5 Jun 2014 @ 10:58pm

    Consciousness Is An Illusion

    Trying to assign meaning to consciousness tends to lead to paradoxes, like in those experiments where the part of the brain where a decision is made to do something lights up after the part that sends the signals to the muscles to do it—either the conscious mind is a time-traveller, or it simply believes it is in control when it is not.

    The Zen Buddhists knew centuries ago that there is no real self, no soul, just the illusion of one.

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