Infant Instinctive Responses: Our Brain>Behavior Processes are Stone Age Old

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Babies perk up to sounds of ancient hazards  By Bruce Bower

Babies have an ear for primeval dangers, a new study suggests.  “There is something special about evolutionarily threatening sounds that infants respond to,

By age 9 months, infants pay special attention to sounds that have signaled threats to children’s safety and survival throughout human evolution….Those sounds include a snake hissing, adults’ angry voices, a crackling fire, thunder claps and — as a possible indicator of a nearby but unseen danger — another infant’s cries. Continue reading

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Limits to Math as Model of World, Of Course

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Is mathematics an effective way to describe the world?

Math has the illusion of being effective when we focus on the successful examples…But there are many more cases where math is ineffective than where it is effective. Continue reading

The Limits of Math

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Math is useful but still a man-made tool and accommodation to our brains weaknesses.

Here is a good start to thinking about this:

Is mathematics an effective way to describe the world?

Math has the illusion of being effective when we focus on the successful examples…But there are many more cases where math is ineffective than where it is effective.

Mathematics has been called the language of the universe…does it mean that the physical world naturally follows the rules of mathematics as its “mother tongue,” and that this mathematics has its own existence that is out there waiting to be discovered? This point of view on the nature of the relationship between mathematics and the physical world is called Platonism, but not everyone agrees with it. Continue reading