Bees are not six-legged humans. They are incorporating the mathematical structure of the universe into their survival strategies. The researchers mainly demonstrated that we can use operant conditioning on bees.

# Mathematics

## At Mind Matters News: No, civilization has NOT won the war on math. Not yet anyway…

Maybe it comes down to how much accurate ideas actually matter, as opposed to politics some people can force other people to pay for.

## At Mind Matters News: Unexplained — maybe unexplainable — numbers control the universe

Nobelist Wolfgang Pauli (1945) is said to have remarked, “When I die, my first question to the devil will be: What is the meaning of the fine structure constant?” At any rate, he thought about it a great deal during his life.

## At Mind Matters News: Single neurons perform complex math — even in fruit flies

The fly’s specialized neurons either multiply or divide incoming signals in order to pinpoint the location of a sound or the direction of movement. How likely is this to happen without any intelligence behind nature at all?

## At Mind Matters News: Why would a purely physical universe need imaginary numbers?

The most reasonable explanation is that the universe, while physical, is also an idea, one that cannot be reduced to its physical features alone.

## L&FP, 49: Debating the validity (and objectivity) of infinity

Steve Patterson, among many points of objection, is doubtful on the modern concept of infinity (or more strictly the transfinite): The foundations of modern mathematics are flawed. A logical contradiction is nestled at the very core, and it’s been there for a century. Of all the controversial ideas I hold, this is the most radical. Read More…

## Has a 243 year-old puzzle been solved via a “quantum solution”?

At Quanta: In a paper posted online and submitted to Physical Review Letters, a group of quantum physicists in India and Poland demonstrates that it is possible to arrange 36 officers in a way that fulfills Euler’s criteria — so long as the officers can have a quantum mixture of ranks and regiments.

## If there is a secret math in sand megaripples…

Is this not evidence of fundamental design in nature?

## If math is a reality, atheism is dead

At ScienceAlert: Earlier this year, researchers discovered what they described as a previously unknown law of nature: a growth pattern which describes how pointed shapes form again and again in nature – from shark teeth and spider fangs to bird beaks and dinosaur horns.

## The reality of “imaginary” numbers — discovery, not invention

Over at YouTube, there is a bit of history of Math, on study of cubic functions — and yes there is as usual, some less than exemplary detail — that led to the “invention” of imaginary numbers: Now of course, I contend that this was discovery not invention (I often don’t buy Veritas Sum’s narrative, Read More…

## If imaginary numbers are needed to describe reality, then isn’t materialism dead already?

At LiveScience: The result suggests that the possible ways we can describe the universe with math are actually much more constrained than we might have thought, Renou said.

## At Mind Matters News: Can higher dimensions help us understand biblical miracles?

Some Biblical miracles are better understood if we assume four spatial dimensions. Robert J.Marks thinks that the short novel Flatland (1884) helps us understand.

## At Mind Matters News: If reality is fundamentally mathematical, why the war on math?

Perhaps we all need to recall something: The Iron Ring of the Canadian engineers is forged from the steel of a bridge that collapsed and cost 75 lives. That ring is intended as a warning, not a training manual. It turns out that in the real world, right or wrong answers in math do matter.

## Scan a pumpkin, see a beautiful world of design

In case you missed it, Hallowe’en started out as the Eve of All Saints Day (November 1). The kids running down the street dressed as ghouls, the piles of tooth-rotting candy and the toilet paper in the trees… that all came later. Thank you for listening.

## At Mind Matters News: Why just anything can’t happen given an infinite sum of universes

Marks: It can be shown mathematically that the infinite does not exist in reality, only in our minds. Thus an infinite number of universes cannot exist.