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Melissa Cain Travis: Explaining the Uncanny “Cosmic Resonance” of Mathematics

Image: Pythagoras, via Wikimedia Commons.

We are starting to release video selections from the 2021 Dallas Science & Faith Conference. Up first is Melissa Cain Travis, author of Science and the Mind of the Maker. This is a very fresh and creative presentation asking about the unnatural “cosmic resonance,” as she calls it, that exists between the mathematical order underlying the universe and the qualities of our own minds that allow us to understand that order. We take this for granted, but it really is uncanny and demands an explanation. Travis considers the history of Western thinking from Pythagoras and the pre-Socratic philosophers to Philo of Alexandria and onward. She asks whether theism or naturalism is better equipped to provide the needed explanation. Watch it now:

David Klinghoffer

Senior Fellow and Editor, Evolution News
David Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.



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