Norman Samish wrote:
>
> I don't see how a list of numbers could, by itself, contain any meaningful
> information. Sure, a list of numbers could be an executable program, but
> there has to be an executive program to execute the executable program.
>
> The multiverse has to therefore consist of more than a matrix of numbers
> which amount to an executable program.

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I feel that the computational approach is a wrong direction
for the question of existence. A matrix of numbers is not
the only type of mathematical object the multiverse can be.
> Where could the executive program have come from? Perhaps one could call
> it "God." I can think of no possibility other than "It was always there,"
> and eternal existence is a concept I can't imagine. Are there any other
> possibilities?
I think there is another possibility. I tried to explain it
in my exchanges with John. It relies on several speculations
or conjectures:
- Mathematical objects exist by themeslves ("They were
(or: are, intemporal) always there"),
- The multiverse is isomorphic to a mathematical object,
- Perception of existence is an internal property of the
multiverse (mind emerges from matter activity),
- Mathematical existence and physical existence are the
same ("there is no need that something special be inside
particles", the contrary is an unnecessary and useless
dualism, "the fire *is* in the equations").
Some details and some (weak) arguments can be found in my
recent posts to this group. Some papers from Max Tegmark
are also relevant:
http://space.mit.edu/home/tegmark/toe_frames.html
http://space.mit.edu/home/tegmark/toe.pdf
http://space.mit.edu/home/tegmark/multiverse.pdf
Georges.
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