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1) Given that the entire universe runs off mathematical principles...

That is not a "given." The mathematics is picked by us so that the map makes predictions about the territory. The better and better we do that picking job, the more it gives the impression that the map is creating the territory. I see physicists (especially string speculation physicists) fall into this kind of numerology, often. Feynman warned against becoming enthralled by the mathematical elegance of the model, and emphasized the need to be ready to throw it out when experimental data did not agree.

Wed, 16 May 2012 17:32:22 UTC | #941877