Evolving Laws Due to Probability

From: Fritz Griffith <fritzgriffith.domain.name.hidden>
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 10:46:39 MST

I've just come up with an interesting thought: suppose probabilities (from a
1st person perspective) are determined by the probability distribution that
results follow. For example, we can imagine that we start out with an
initial set of probabilities. These probabilities describe the laws of
physics, so that when the probabilities are followed, we see (macroscopical)
consistency. But as time passes, the chance that results did not reflect
the probability perfectly at some time increases. So, if probabilities were
determined by the distribution of their results, then at these times when
the distribution did not perfectly reflect the probability, the probability
changed to reflect this distribution. In this way, the laws of physics
could actually be evolving. Perhaps at first, all probabilities were equal,
so the norm was total chaos. But the laws of physics eventually evolved
into laws that were capable of sustaining life, and that's where we came
along. The reason we see the universe as it is today is because of the
anthropic principle.

What do you think about this idea?

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