Madison Cooper
B21 Scholar
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Fall
2024
Examining relationship between mathematical reasoning and emotional intuition
B21 Scholar
Fall
2024

Background

As an undergraduate Mathematics student also pursuing a minor in English literature, I have always been torn between whether I think the world is governed by equations or emotions. More specifically, I have noticed that society often separates mathematical logic, which requires proofs based on universal truths to justify claims, from intuitive logic, which relies more so on emotions, gut feelings, and lived experiences. When thinking about these seemingly distinct views of logic, I cannot help but wonder if there really exists a separation between them, or if one type of logic can be equated to the other. I am curious to explore the reliability of either logic type, and want to imagine what the world would look like if it was governed solely based on one of these thought patterns. After all, our sense of logic greatly shapes the lens through which we see the world.

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