On 3/5/2012 9:34 PM, Jason Resch wrote:
On Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 10:42 PM, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net
On 3/5/2012 8:28 PM, Jason Resch wrote:
On Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 7:24 PM, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net
On 3/5/2012 4:57 PM, Jason Resch wrote:
On Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 12:26 PM, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net
On 3/5/2012 10:03 AM, Evgenii Rudnyi wrote:
On 05.03.2012 18:29 meekerdb said the following:
On 3/5/2012 3:23 AM, Evgenii Rudnyi wrote:
The experiment takes an operational approach to what Pi
During the initial stage of the experiment
existence of Pi.
When mathematicians 'prove the existence' of something they
showing that something which satisfies a certain definition
inferred from a certain set of axioms. In your example the
mathematicians may define Pi as the ratio of the
circumference to the
diameter of a circle in Euclidean geometry. But what does
if geometry is not Euclidean; and we know it's not since
mathematicians are in the gravitational field of the Earth.
Mathematics is about abstract propositions. Whether they
reality is a separate question.
I agree that this assumption might not be the best one. I will
However, I do not completely understand you. How the geometry of
physical space in which mathematicians reside influences the
definition of Pi? Mathematicians will consider just Euclidean
geometry, that's it. In my view, whether the physical space
or not, does not influence the work of mathematicians.
Exactly. Hence mathematics =/= reality.
This is like comparing the kidney of a whale to a liver of a whale, and
deciding whale=/=whale. You can't compare one limited subset of the
(such as the local part of this universe) with another subset of the
(euclidean geometry), and decide that the whole (of mathematics) is
from the whole (of reality).
The same mathematicians in the same place could 'prove the existence'
meeting point of parallel lines or that through a point there is more
line parallel to a given line. So no matter what they measure in their
it will be consistent with one or the other. So you can only hold that
mathematics=reality if you assume everything not self-contradictory
but that was what the bunker thought experiment was intended to test.
I fail to see how the bunker experiment tests this. The bunker experiment
assume that mathematical reality is or depends upon a physical
You've essentially made it untestable by saying, well it may fail HERE
somewhere (Platonia?) it's really true.
People used to say Darwin's theory was untestable, because evolution was
slow process they thought it could never be observed. Some on this list
argued that the hypothesis has already survived one test: the
That specific retrodiction came from Bruno's hypothesis which is that
generated by computation. What is computable is much less than all
The existence of all mathematical structures implies the existence of all programs,
which is observationally indistinguishable from Bruno's result taking only the integers
That they are observationally indistinguishable is vacuously satisfied by them both being
I find the existence of all consistent structures to be a simpler theory. If the
integers can exist, why cant the Mandlebrot set, or the Calabi–Yau manifolds?
I didn't say that things descriable by those mathematics *can't* exist. I just said I
don't believe they do. Yaweh *could* exist (and according to you does) but I don't
believe he does.
If instead we found our environment and observations of it to be perfectly
deterministic, this would have ruled out mechanism+a single or finite universe.
Further, there is a growing collection of evidence that in most universes,
conscious life is impossible.
There's a popular idea that most possible universes are inhospitable to
life: a theory that might well be false under Bruno's hypothesis in which
consciousness and universes are both realized by computation.
In Bruno's theory, "physical universes" are considered observations of minds.
Hmm? Is that right? The UD* certainly must generate lots of programs without human-like
consciousness, e.g. this universe in which dinosaurs weren't killed off. So I'm not clear
on why there wouldn't be infinitely many universes without conscious beings.
Where I use the term, I refer to independent structures (both seen and unseen).
In any case it doesn't warrant the conclusion that all possible universes
No, it doesn't prove they all exist, just that there are perhaps infinitely many
universes almost exactly like this one.
Maybe I'm not understanding what you mean by "independent structures". Independent of
what? I don't see that referring to independent structures has anything to do with
whether they exist.
Which, while not proving everything exists, is certainly something we would expect to
find if indeed everything exists.
Of course it is trivial to say that an everything theory successfully predicts the
existence of what we observe to exist. The question is whether it does the converse. Can
it predict that we don't see some (almost all) things.
There are all these reasons and arguments that are compatible with and suggestive of the
idea that all is out there. I haven't seen one offered piece of evidence from you that
would suggest the idea of mathematical reality is false. So tell me: for what reason(s)
do you reject the hypothesis?
I don't reject it; I just don't accept it. It seems to ill defined to be
This can also be considered as confirmation of the theory that there
huge diversity in structures that have existence. Just because one
will not work should not imply a theory is untestable.
A final thought: Consider what our universe would look like if you were a
outside it. You would not be affected by the gravity of objects in our
for gravity only affects physical objects in this universe. You could not
stars or galaxies of our universe, for photons never leave it. There would
relativity of size, or time, or distance between your perspective and that
our universe. You could not say what time it happened to be in our
whether the world had even formed yet or long ago ended. You could in no
your presence known to us in this universe, for our universe is bound to
certain fixed laws. In summary, outside our universe there is no evidence
exist; our entire universe is merely an abstract, immutable and timeless
That's a complete non sequitur.
From the outside, one could study our universe through the window of math
I could study a mathematical or computational representation, but that's
same as studying our universe - unless you beg the question.
Clearly we will not get proof of the mathematical universe hypothesis by seeing other
universes and mathematical objects through telescopes. Different universes are
independent in such a way that we can only access them as we access all other
Ask yourself WHY they are inaccessible. Isn't it because if they were accessible then
there would be contradictory facts in the world. And why can't there be contradictory
facts? Because ex falso quodlibet. But "quodlibet" is what has already been
hypothesized. (on the other hand see Graham Priest's "In Contradiction").
Also, if your model is perfect, there should be no difference between studying the model
and the object it represents. In the future, we will be able to discover, emulate, and
visit other universes by discovering them in math, and using sufficiently powerful
simulations, know what it is like there, or whether or not life is possible.
Except if we are studying them or simulating them, then we can interact with them and
(necessarily?) change them.
That we cannot affect them from our current location does not make them any
"Affect" and "observe" are two different things (at least classically) and if we can
neither affect or observe that makes them rather like Russell's teapot. We can't be sure
it doesn't exist, but there's no reason to think it does.
That our universe is an immutable, abstract, timeless object to a being in a different
universe does not imply we are any less real,
I'm not sure what being "an abstract object to a being" means, but I don't think it
implies we are any more real.
that our experiences don't matter, or that the existence of the structure that is our
universe is without consequence. Immutability says nothing about an objects reality; we
cannot affect the past,
Unless the past was identical with the present then something has mutated.
or portions of our universe sufficiently far away, yet most would say these exist.
Moreover, that other universes are currently inaccessible to us does not necessarily
imply that they will always be immutable and inaccessible to us. There is always some
non-zero possibility that when you wake up tomorrow, you won't find yourself in this
universe, but one very far away.
So you say, but I'm betting not...and so are you.
The existence of all structures reconfirms, in a stronger senses, quantum immortality.
If all the other universes are out there, then given mechanism, a we are all immortal.
Unlike the immortality implied by quantum immortality, we can even survive destruction
of this universe, waking up in a different one where the present one was just a very
I'm not sure I've survived the past year.
The person I was when I was 3 years old is dead. He died because
too much new information was added to his brain.
-- Saibal Mitra
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