Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
George Levy writes:
Along the line of Jorge Luis Borges a blackboard covered in chalk contains
the library of Babel (everything) but no information. Similarly a white
board covered with ink also contains no information.
Interestingly, information is minimized or actually goes to zero when the
world is too large as the plenitude, or too small. Information is
maximized when the world is neither too large nor too small. We live in a
Can we talk about knowledge or intelligence in a similar way? A rock is
completely stupid and ignorant. A human has some knowledge and some
intelligence (the Goldilocks case). God is said to be omniscient:
infinitely knowlegeable, infinitely intelligent. Doesn't this mean that God
is the equivalent of the blackboard covered in chalk, or the rock?
Hmm...but isn't it relevant that an omniscient being is only supposed to
know all *true* information, while the blackboard covered in chalk or
Borges' library would contain all sentences, both true and false? It's like
the difference between the set of all possible grammatical statements about
arithmetic, and the set of all grammatical statements about arithmetic that
are actually true (1+1=2 but not 1+1=3).