Rationality, and the Sociology of Knowledge
Radnitzky, Bartley, Popper
The papers here followed the obvious (in retrospect) evolutionary trail of organisms learning how they are situated in the universe so as to better survive. The paramecium sensing the sugar gradient and using its flagellum to navigate towards more food—no nerve cells needed. A near continuum is depicted with no obvious magic point to choose where intelligence arose.
Plato’s ultimate mystery remains: whence mathematics? I think that awareness of awareness is instrumental here. That leads to abstraction where we notice patterns among our patterns. Numbers are among those patterns. We took note of logic and discovered mathematics. This pushes off but does not resolve the mystery.