Computer code can do about everything, but
in physics, it just describes behavior, is not the behavior itself,
an issue that Tegmark is exploring.
According to my Leibnizian thinking, possibly as well as that of materialism,
mathematics only describes, not controls, behavior,
although materialism is a bit vague on this issue.
Dr. Roger Clough NIST (ret.) 6/10/2013
See my Leibniz site at
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Time: 2013-06-10, 11:27:28
Subject: Re: Ontologies: Leibniz vs Materialism on various topics (a
>You mentioned mathematics, does this include (computer) code and data ?
>Apparently code is rules (human) driven.
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>Roger Clough wrote:
>Ontologies: Leibniz vs Materialism on various topics (a first attempt)
>Existence Mental + Physical Physical
>Nominalism Nonphysical or Mental + Physical Physical Only
>Reality Only mental is real Only
>physical is real
>Mathematics Mental is real but only as description Only physical
>is real, math is not real but apparently embedded (?)
>In spacetime ? No Yes
>Dr. Roger Clough NIST (ret.) 6/10/2013
>See my Leibniz site at
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