On 1/13/2014 6:10 PM, Edgar L. Owen wrote:
What makes some computations real is that they are computing real and actual processes
of reality. They are actually running in reality computing the actual state of reality
instead of running in some teen ager's fantasy or video game. That should be obvious...
Example the computations that determine the conservation of particle properties in
particle interactions are real because they are actually computing real processes. But
the computations that are running in a video game or sci fi film are obviously not
computing any reality at all.
Are we now unable to distinguish fiction from reality?
We can distinguish the video game from our reality because it is embedded in our reality.
But the characters in the video game can't know that. And we can't know whether we're
embeded in some bigger reality. Physicist speculate some of the physical constants that
go into the standard model were just determined by random symmetry breaking and might had
different values in distant parts of the universe or in other universes. Do you have some
argument that this can't be so and that THIS is the only possible world?
You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups
"Everything List" group.
To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email
To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list.
For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out.