Dear Prof. Tegmark,

I have been trying to think of a way to make computationalism work
but I can see no force that numbers might have on the physical world
that might empower them. 

Instead I see computationalism as a form of magic. Serious magic if you will,
but still magic, magic in the sense that saying the proper magic words or 
drawing certain figures or performing certain incantations or rituals will
cause things to happen, presumably in imitation of those forms.

But even though it is a form of magic, it may be that the numbers
can be causal in some paranormal sense, if you can accept Leibniz's
view that ideas seek perfection and physical realization is the
highest perfection. If you can accept that, you might give some
acceptance to the idea, and that actions can be preformed
by intentions.


Dr. Roger B Clough NIST (ret.) [1/1/2000]
See my Leibniz site at

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