On 31 December 2013 10:38, John Mikes <jami...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear Liz,
> as a former ed-in-chief of a science magazine (Ion Exchange and Membranes)
> I know the difficulties one can run into if trying to get peer-review
> approval on "NEW" ideas that do not fit into the conventional scientific
> fabric of college courses. I was a risk-taker and provided space for
> several new ideas that made sens - to me. ('Let the readership decide and
There are two things being presented here. One is an idea which is fine in
itself - reality is computed. It isn't obviously self-contradictory, and
has I think been suggested quite a few times in various flavours (I'm sure
Conway must have come up with this, as have Russell Standish, I think, and
Bruno of course, plus probably some other people). It's a fairly obvious
idea for the age - "it steam-engines when it comes steam engine time" or
The other is a Newtonian theory of time. This contradicts special
relativity, and hence is an "extraordinary claim". This claim has not yet
had any support that shows its author understands what the problems with it
are. Hence it not only "doesn't fit into the scientific fabric of college
courses", it flatly contradicts everything we've learned about reality
since 1905 - all the experimental confirmation of SR, the whole lot. That
should require extraordinary evidence before it is worth considering.
> Sometimes new ideas (versions?) do not fit into the 'reductionistic'
> conventional stuff of the Rosenesque MODEL content, limited to the already
> known inventory of science etc. While it does not support the 'new' ideas,
> it does not prove them wrong by itself, either.
There is no contradiction between Edgar's theory and reductionism, it is a
reductionist theory. What proves (or comes very close to proving) Edgar's
theory of time wrong is that it contradicts most of 20th century physics,
both theoretical and experimental. His theory of computational reality
isn't itself rendered wrong by the "known inventory of science" of course.
(By the way, your use of these buzz phrases does rather suggest that you
are pushing an agenda here. Science is far more than you are trying to make
out - it isn't all conventional, blinkered fuddy-duddies dismissing
crackpot ideas, but has room for plenty of outrageous speculation - as long
as it is properly grounded, doesn't flat-out contradict a century of
> I submitted a paper once with some 'mild' novelty (J. of Consciousness
> Sci) and an irate (conservative) reviewer called me a
> "homespun fireside philosopher" - an ornamental epitheton I value highly
> ever since.
> Always easiest to think your opponents have dismissed your ideas because
they are "conservative" (or "bourgeois", or "heretics" or whatever
epitheton you wish to apply) -- rather than because just maybe they knew
more about the subject, and could see where your ideas were wrong.
PS "epitheton" is itself an "ornamental epitheton", I'd say. I do hope it
wasn't just a typo!
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