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Spotlight Live: The Brain or the Universe -- Where Does Math Come From?

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Streamed live on Aug 7, 2013

On Aug. 7th, science writer Bruce Lieberman asked your questions of three leading scientists -- two neuroscientists and one astrophysicist -- about math and the mind. Join Brian Butterworth (Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London), Rafael Núñez (Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego and member of UCSD's Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind), and astrophysicist Max Tegmark (Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and member of MIT's Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research) as they discuss where math comes from.

3:15 What are the primary reasons that we think the universe is inherently mathematical?
5:15 If the universe is inherently mathematical how does that effect neuroscience?
8:00 If the universe is not inherently mathematical how does that effect astrophysics?
14:05 If the universe is inherently mathematical, for something to exist does it need to belong to a set/group?
16:50 Are there aspects of the natural world that elude to their innate mathematical properties?
24:05 Does a mathematical universe suggest there was a first cause (god) of all the seen or unseen universe?
29:15 Does the universe have an innate mathematical proportionality?
31:55 Does existing math have fundamental limitations when trying to describe the brain?
36:20 Are there opportunities for Neuroscientists and Astrophysicists to collaborate?

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