Today we go over some Quora questions on the universe and Creationism and answer a question from one of our listeners.
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Hi everyone! This is episode eight of the Metaphysics of Physics podcast.
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Today we will be doing a Q&A episode revolving around the theme of the universe and creationism. These are questions we found looking around the Quora platform where Dwayne has an account if you wish to follow. We will also be answering a question submitted by one of our listeners.
Ok so let’s begin.
It would, ignoring parts of Earth (and possibly other worlds with intelligent life) look much the same as it does now.
Mathematics is a science of method invented by people to help them measure things. Without it, we would lack the ability to do much science and we would know almost nothing about the world or our universe.
Without it, we would know nothing about engineering and we would be unable to build most of the technology that we have.
But, other than the fact that the universe would lack all those things people built, it would be much the same.
Despite what many physicists believe, mathematics is not fundamental to the universe. It is just something people use to measure things in the universe.
Some people cannot understand the “unreasonable success” of mathematics.
Well, it is not unreasonable at all, it is entirely predictable and obvious, if you understand what mathematics is: a method of quantifying relationships and performing measurements!
If you know that, then why should it be surprising that mathematics is able to … quantify and measure the universe?