Will the study of mind mimic mathematics?

Mathematics and the mind reflect each other. 🙂 

The question: How much will the study of mind mimic the foundations of math and find use of math?

The fields of computational neuroscience and cognitive science both use quite a bit of mathematics.

The answer hangs on what is meant by the word “mimic” in the question. One way to interpret the question is this: Will ideas about cognition mirror ideas about abstract mathematical concepts? From one perspective you could say this is necessarily the case: since human minds produce mathematics, the structures of mathematics must conform to the constraints of the structures of human thought.

Going in the other direction, mathematics is a key tool for understanding the natural world, and so if we study the mind/brain using methodologies derived from physics, chemistry and engineering, we will no doubt find ourselves using mathematical terminology, analogies, and concepts to describe mental processes.

This blog post I wrote gives an overview of the theoretical and mathematical approaches to the mind/brain: The Pentagon of Neuroscience — An Infographic/Listicle for Understanding the Neuroculture

And this book may be of interest in exploring the psychological roots of mathematical concepts: Where Mathematics Comes From

Based on an answer I wrote on Quora.

Image: Drawing Hands by MC Escher.

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