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Space And The Tree

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Posted by Aurino Souza on April 18, 2001 20:30:33 UTC

Alexander,

If you were like a tree, that is, you couldn't move and had no vestibular system, would the concept of space make sense to you? See, a tree does not have access to an amount of information that is enough to establish the concept of space.

If you had no memory and were only aware of the present, the way we suppose most animals do, would the concept of time make sense to you? See, no memory, no time.

Now, my point is not that space and time do not exist, the point is that our science and your biological make up go hand in hand. If you had different senses and a different cognitive system your science would describe the same reality with totally different equations.

Take that one step further and try to imagine what information you might be missing because you don't have the ability to figure it out. That's very hard to do but I'd say it's mandatory for someone who likes to trumpet that the mapping of sensory experience to mathematical theorems has nothing to do with humans. I find that almost laughable. Almost.

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