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Standish's Theory of Nothing a must-read 8 août 2007
Par J. Bone - Publié sur
Format: Broché
There's some very important and fascinating work going on these days in the intersection of algorithmic information theory, computer science, physics, and cosmology that may very well be leading us to a much deeper understanding of the world. The long-sought "Theory of Everything" may in fact turn out to be much simpler and more beautiful than previous attempts at such a thing might have lead us to believe. Over the last several years a mailing list, the Everything List, has been home to much discussion and debate among researchers from a variety of disciplines who are individually and collectively converging on a common understanding of the way things may actually work at the deepest level.

Dr. Russell Standish is one of these researchers, and has contributed significant and novel insights in this field. In authoring this book, Dr. Standish has served a different and much needed purpose. The book is an excellent and very approachable introduction to the subject at hand; it skillfully navigates the territory between expert and layman. It provides a very concise yet thorough overview of several years of discussion and debate on the aforementioned mailing list, and in doing so sets the stage for Standish to present his own startling and compelling conjecture about the ultimate nature of the universe in which we live.

This book may well be the vehicle by which these ideas become well-known and generally understood by the scientifically-literate public. As such it may be one of the most important popular science publications of our time.

If you only ever choose to read one book on the topics of algorithmic information theory, quantum mechanics, cosmology, eschatology, the nature of mind / consciousness / experience, the Simulation Hypothesis, ontology, scientific philosophy, or mathematical reasoning - make it this one.
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Multiverse, Information theory, turing machines, doomsday, and Immortality 26 mai 2008
Par Peter D. Mcloughlin - Publié sur
Format: Broché
This book covers a diverse range of topics that may be of interest to info-lifers or Infodels. It takes the idea of the anthropic principle and developes the idea of the multiverse and using information theory to explain that an ensemble of universes with every random configuration carries no information and is essentially nothing. We would (using anthropic reasoning) as conscious observers find ourselves only in a highly ordered subset of the ensemble. The book goes on to describe the implications of such a world with regard to the simulation argument, personal immortality and the doomsday argument. His Borgesian worldview is backed up by mathematical and philosophical arguments. Definitely a good read for infolifers of a mathematical platonist bent.
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A really interesting speculative account of the many worlds interpretation 16 juin 2013
Par Peter D. McLoughlin - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
The theory of nothing is a book that takes the implications of the Everett interpretation of quantum mechanics seriously. One of the bizarre take aways from this version of QM is that you the reader are immortal. Now before you consign this book to the Depak Chopra garbage bin of new age nonsense this book is nothing of the kind. It argues that if the many world theory is true and multiple branches of the universe are branching at every instant then it argues that every possible event in the world actually happens. If this is true according to the argument then their are countless copies of you branching off in different universes with slightly different future histories. A small subset will not die ever (according to this idea). This sounds really crazy and or at least highly dubious but it doesn't get the science wrong and is not new age woo woo. It is an interesting read and scientifically literate if highly speculative. You may not be convinced by the book but it will open you up to some weird but scientifically plausible ideas.
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Great Prelude to Tegmark in 2014 17 septembre 2013
Par Let's Compare Options Preptorial - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Ever since the 13th Floor, The Matrix, et. al., a variety of semi serious, to now more serious physicists and mathematicians have begun to scratch the surface of the possibility that we actually DO live in a sim. Although the extreme religious right is aghast at this idea, they seem to miss the possibility that the Deity IS the "Divine Programmer," and this "sim" is one of many designed for our immortal training. Certainly the Platonic ideal forms did not rule out both physics and/or spiritual aspects.

This amazing book takes speculation to the point of plausible. To get from plausible to possible, the "universe as math" pioneer Max Tegmark, after writing hundreds of articles on the theory, is now coming out with his first book early in 2014, available for pre order on Amazon at: Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality.

With the number of researchers now seriously looking from many different angles at the "information is reality" theory, it is amazing how few books attempt to cover the broad landscapes of the theory outside of journals. Other than Tegmark, this fine volume is one of only three that are current, and the other two are under 100 pages each and more like journal reprints than books. Even traditional physicists can't explain how some very deep mathematical devices (such as matrix algebra) not only "describe" quantum dynamics, but seem to "run" them.

In addition to physics, the universe as software and code, the universe as math, the universe as sim are all different frames for the same idea, explored in depth in this fine and unique volume, and integrated with the many worlds hypothesis.

Again, more religious folk take umbrage at the fact that "sims," if programmed, seem to obviate free will as this book's author also suggests. However, a number of recent philosophy books on free will contend that sim worlds and free will are not mutually exclusive, from a number of frames including holographic choice, the "true self" working outside the sim to guide the mind in the sim, and the sim adapting TO our choices, and in fact, existing because of our choices.

A truly fun and inspiring read. Gives little glimpses of what Neo saw in the code running beneath it all! Highly recommended, and don't dismiss it even if you're a spiritual type with a scientific bent. Possibilities ARE infinite.

Emailer answer: Got a very nasty email from a "Christian" saying that none of the recent investigations by science about "code running" beneath reality (or math, etc.) can be valid, because it denigrates Jesus. I hate to be the one to break this news, but EVERY Prophet, from Buddha to Moses, Jesus, Mohammad, The Bab... whoever you like... said the same thing: THIS WORLD IS AN "ILLUSION."

Now, they might not have used the word "sim" or "cosmic DVD," or Tegmark/Plato's "math running beneath reality" but isn't the idea that none of this is actually real, but an educational sim of sorts? I'm no Theologist, but simply think that a lot of this bluster between science and religion are just semantics and misunderstandings. A God who can code DNA and Dark Matter can certainly code an educational sim, otherwise why to all the Prophets say this world is an illusion??? (Vapor in the desert, etc.). Just a thought. I simply ask anyone, even very spiritual people, to read this with an open mind. Might we not have free will as a "test" and then, as Brother Lawrence said, "the angels of heaven know no will but the Will of God." How does that track with "free will?" Just asking for an open minded look, not blind acceptance of either side!
A novel theory of the relation between consciousness and the universe-at-large: we only see what we can possibly understand! 26 août 2014
Par Matthew Rapaport - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This book, even without meaning to, takes me deep into my own past of Eastern Metaphysics, alternate realities, and Existentialism. This is not exactly (I believe) the author's intent, but it has this effect on me. The bottom line seems to be that the reality we perceive around us, including all of physics, cosmology, and their manifestations to and in consciousness, are the way they are because we, that is our mind's are making sense of what would otherwise be a "raw existence" that has no inherent meaning of its own -- where the Existentialism comes in for me. It isn't exactly that we "make our own reality" in the sense that physics or the stars would not exist without us, but rather that those properties of these things that we can measure and what we detect of their interaction, are just those qualities and relationships that allow us to perceive and make our way in the world at all. What we can see is what we happen to be able to understand.

This isn't a bad book, not technical and with lots of interesting examples and illustrations. It's an interestingly told idea and the author makes his points clearly enough. It does explain how it is that our consciousness can penetrate the mysteries of the universe, at least those mysteries available to our gaze.
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