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This Will Either Fascinate You or Drive You to Drink with Boredom

This Will Either Fascinate You or Drive You to Drink with Boredom

Descartes, doubt, Dualism, epistemology, Goedel's Theorem, Human Condition, mathematics, Mystery, Nature, paradox, physics, postmodernism, Rationality, Science, Skeptic, Spirituality
Let's find out which! Once in a while, for better or for worse, the past comes back to haunt you. An instance of the “better” part of this assertion occurred with me recently when I saw a public TV documentary on mathematics. Much of the documentary revolved around what the physicist and mathematician Eugene Wigner described as the “unreasonable effectiveness” of mathematics in the natural sciences in an essay of that title. Wigner’s famous essay was written around 1960. I first encountered it as an undergraduate math and physics – and, significantly, philosophy – major at Wichita State University in Wichita, KS, during the late 1960s. It stuck around in the back of my mind to haunt me at graduate school in physics about ten years after it was written. But, finding little or no sympathy f