Re: Introduction (Digital Physics)

From: Joel Dobrzelewski <>
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2001 09:41:59 -0400

Hi George:

> You say that you believe that our universe is discrete. I agree with
> this... but I believe that discreteness is itself a mystery. Why
> discrete? It may very well be that discreteness is a necessary
> condition for consciousness and therefore anthropically driven.

Discreteness necessary for consciousness? I don't see why.

But our minds do appear to be discrete - and therefore, the continuum will
forever be unknown to us. Discreteness may simply be a fact of life (for
humans anyway). And so it seems to me that any successful human "theory of
everything" must acknowledge this.

> We perceive a discrete world, but the number of variations in the MW
> may very well be continuous since this characteristics does not seem
> to affect consciousness. Thus discreteness may be just a constraint
> on the plenitude imposed by our consciousness.

Well if the continuum doesn't affect our minds, then we needn't consider it.
We will never experience it, so for us... it doesn't exist.

Received on Fri Jun 15 2001 - 06:39:49 PDT

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