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4. What Kind Of A Universe To Expect?

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This chapter maintains that there is, indeed, an isomorphism between the structure of mathematics and that of time, as revealed by the hierarchical theory of time. And, that this isomorphism is not accidental. Rather, it stems from the evolutionary development of the human ability to handle numbers. The chapter demonstrates the existence of certain striking similarities between the structure and properties of mathematics on the one hand and, on the other hand, the structures and processes of nature at large, as revealed by the hierarchical theory of time. It proposes a framework that promises to provide a unified perspective for the rich program one have ahead. The identification of the rules of number with eternity has been a part of Western intellectual tradition. The chapter represents that intellectual tool kit by the axiomatic-deductive system of mathematics, and then examines its discontents.

Keywords: axiomatic-deductive system; hierarchical theory of time; human ability; intellectual tool kit; isomorphism; Western intellectual tradition

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