[FOM] Uri Fidelman: neurosciences and foundations of mathematics
Giovanni Lagnese
lagnese at ngi.it
Mon Jan 9 01:04:52 EST 2006
I'm itringued by Uri Fidelman's research in neurosciences and foundations of
mathematics.
I would point it out here.
I quote from
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/Insight/ViewContentServlet?Filename=Published/NonArticle/Articles/06732iaa.004.html:
"Uri Fidelman obtained a MSc degree in mathematics at the Hebrew University,
Jerusalem. His interest in the foundation of mathematics caused him to
wonder why different mathematicians have contradicting views about
foundation of mathematics, and what is legitimate mathematics. It occurred
to him that the reason may be the difference in the structure of the brain
of these different mathematicians. He did his PhD thesis at the Technion,
Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, and devoted it to solve this problem.
He taught students at various foundation AI schools in mathematics, tested
them with hemispheric tests, and correlated the scores. He found that the
left cerebral hemisphere is related to the establishing of mathematics on
serial concepts, and the ability to learn the concepts of ordinal numbers of
potential infinity. On the other hand, the right hemisphere is related to
the establishing of mathematics on set theoretical concepts, and the ability
to learn the concepts of cardinal numbers and of actual infinity. By this
experimental method he found that the paradoxes in the foundation of
mathematics are due to a cognitive and neurological conflict between the
left- and the right-hemisphere. He has extended his work to a hemispheric
explanation of the existence of nominalist and platonist ontologies and to
the biology of intelligence. Presently his research explains the duality in
physics and the paradoxes of quantum mechanics by hemispheric difference
since the interpretation of the sensory data, and by a conflict between the
left- and right- hemispheric mechanisms. This explanation is, in fact,
analogous to the explanation of the "duality" in the establishing of
mathematics and the foundational paradoxes in mathematics."
GL
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