Monday, August 13, 2007

Beauty

The always insightful Bee asks a deep question:

Our perception of beauty has developed with evolution. What reason do we have to believe it is good guidance to understand the fundamental laws of nature?

The astounding thing is that, so far, it has been good guidance indeed. We can't be sure that that will continue - maybe the string theory landscape is all there is. Why should it be the case that there exists in the universe "the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in understanding the physical world," as Eugene Wigner put it?

Nobody knows the answer, I suspect. But, as the leaper said after passing 90 stories of the 100 story building: So far, so good.

PS: Bee's post was grossly distorted and criticized by You know Who, and a response by Bee earned her the coveted Deleted by LM award.