Re: Is the universe computable?

2004-01-08 Thread Georges Quenot
John M wrote: George Q wrote (among many others, full post see below): A.the universe in which I live according to the current intuition I have of it and B: the possibility to simulate the universe at any level of accuracy. First I wanted to ask what is intuition, but let us stay with

Why no white talking rabbits?

2004-01-08 Thread Eric Hawthorne
Jesse Mazer wrote: Why, out of all possible experiences compatible with my existence, do I only observe the ones that don't violate the assumption that the laws of physics work the same way in all places and at all times? Because a universe whose space-time was subject to different physical

Re: Is the universe computable?

2004-01-08 Thread Stephen Paul King
Dear Jesse, A very good question, containing its own answer! You wrote: Why, out of all possible experiences compatible with my existence, do I only observe the ones that don't violate the assumption that the laws of physics work the same way in all places and at all times? Have you

Re: Is the universe computable?

2004-01-08 Thread Bruno Marchal
At 11:34 08/01/04 +0100, Georges Quenot wrote: I am very willing (maybe too much, that's part of the problem) to accept a Platonic existence for *the* integers. I am far from sure however that this does not involve a significant amount of faith. Indeed. It needs an infinite act of faith. But I

Re: Is the universe computable?

2004-01-08 Thread CMR
Possibly relevant to this thread: NYTimes: January 8, 2004 New-Found Old Galaxies Upsetting Astronomers' Long-Held Theories on the Big Bang By KENNETH CHANG ATLANTA, Jan. 7 Gazing deep into space and far into the past, astronomers have found that the early universe, a couple of billion years

Re: Why no white talking rabbits?

2004-01-08 Thread Hal Finney
Jesse Mazer wrote: Why, out of all possible experiences compatible with my existence, do I only observe the ones that don't violate the assumption that the laws of physics work the same way in all places and at all times? Eric Hawthorne replied: Because a universe whose space-time was

Re: Is the universe computable?

2004-01-08 Thread Hal Finney
Georges Quenot writes: I would be interested in reading the opinions of the participants about that point and about the sense that could be given to the question of what happens (in the simulated universe) in any non- synchronous simulation when the simulation diverges ? I'll make two points.

Re: Is the universe computable?

2004-01-08 Thread John M
You asked what I meant: (- Original Message - From: Georges Quenot To: John M Cc: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2004 3:50 AM) ( John M wrote: [earlier excerpts from GQ's post]: A.the universe in which I live according to the current intuition I have of it and B: