Re: [sl4] foundationalism

From: Stuart Armstrong (
Date: Wed Feb 25 2009 - 07:41:42 MST

> The evident explanation of why evolution has shaped our mental
> architecture in such a way as to optimize our ability to count
> bottlecaps (predators, friends, foes...) do not necessarily explain
> why our mental architecture should also be optimized for deeper
> mathematical reasoning. So, perhaps, it is not.

It isn't. That's why learning mathematics is so much harder than
learning some things of greater objective complexity (social skills,
for example).

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