Re: Intuition about Freiling's axiom

Thomas Forster (
Sun, 6 Nov 94 16:07 GMT

Meglicki's point is not very new, but it is very important.
he says
``Nature herself engraved on our minds the
basic mathematical notions pertaining to the Universe we live in over
billions of years of natural evolution. Animals without any mathematical
training, education or culture are perfectly capable of recognising
basic geometrical notions and relations in their neighbourhood. They are
also perfectly capable of using "greater then" relation in assessing
potential danger or sources of food \ldots"

I have often recommended my students to read R. McNeil Alexander:
Optima for Animals which provides some nice detail to back up this
Thomas Forster