Norman writes > If it hasn't been proposed before, let me offer the "Norman > Hypothesis." It's probably not falsifiable or provable, but I > haven't let that slow me down. > In the Norman Hypothesis, there is no "real" universe. Turing > Machine X simulates Turing Machine Y, which simulates Turing > Machine Z, . . ., which simulates Turing Machine X.
Yes, I too seriously doubt if that is falsifiable. But I get the same feeling I got when I watched Terminator II. If a robot comes from the future and warns us never to build a certain chip, then fine, the chip (and that future) never exist. A loop has been excised from time. But the nagging question is, "where did the loop come from in the first place?". Any self-sustaining hypothesis may be generated, I suppose. Perhaps it's only a Judeo-Christian prejudiced mindset that needs to know where things came from. (Embodying as that does a concept of time.) Lee