On 11 Sep 2012, at 08:34, John Doty <email@example.com> wrote:
>> So what >> exactly is the evolutionary path from a near "laboratory animal" to >> Riemann or Perelman? > > I think it's similar to the evolutionary path from laboratory animal to elite athelete. Sports like ice skating are not really like anything humans evolved to do, but involve physical and cognitive "modules" evolved for other purposes, combined in novel ways. Scientific understanding of this has made it possible to teach atheletes to perform feats once thought impossible, like "quadruple jumps". I see no reason this shouldn't also apply to mathematics.