I thought that quantum theory (in all its flavours and interpretations) *does* imply that reality is"digital". For example, if light is quantised, then the light reflected from a real object will produce a pixelated image, albeit far more finely grained than the image on any computer screen. The Bekenstein Bound sets an upper limit to the amount of information that can be contained in a given volume, or a lower limit to how finely grained an object or its representation can be. Everything is digital; analogue is an illusion.

Stathis Papaioannou

From: "Norman Samish" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Subject: Re: Omega Point theory and time quanta
Date: Sat, 31 Jul 2004 22:22:01 -0700

Perhaps mathematics, which is digital, is incapable of precise simulation of
reality, which is not digital.

Norman Samish

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From: "Stathis Papaioannou" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Saturday, July 31, 2004 9:36 PM
Subject: Omega Point theory and time quanta

There has been some discussion in recent posts about Tipler's Omega Point theory, which postulates that an infinite amount of subjective time can be squeezed into the last few moments of a collapsing universe. This is straightforward mathematically using infinite series, but if time is quantised, it would not work in reality; and it seems to be widely accepted that time is indeed quantised. Is there a way around this difficulty?

Stathis Papaioannou

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