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From: Lennart Nilsson <leonard.nilsson.domain.name.hidden>

Date: Fri, 24 May 2002 09:50:55 +0200

My formal education ended back in the beginnings of the seventies with a

finished MA in sociology and an invitation to get a doctors degree at the

University of Stockholm. But life got in the way.

When my wife died two years ago I decided to write a book in order to

understand better some of my thinkings during all those years. I finished

the book in seven months and have since been trying to get it published.

That has proven very hard since Swedish is a small language. Max Tegmark,

who is swedish, even though he works in USA has read my manuscript and

promised to write a forward if I could get a bookcompany to publish it. He

said he was impressed and thought that my work was a fascinating hike in the

territory between philosophy and physics and that it was full of original

ideas! Unfortunately I don´t suppose many on this list is fluent in swedish,

but to give you an idea where I´m at I can show you the bibliography from

the book:

Bibliografi

Barrow, John D.: Universums födelse, Natur och Kultur, Stockholm 1995

Blackmore, Susan: The Meme Machine, Oxford University Press, New York 1999

Casti, John L.: Searching for certainty, Scribners, London 1992

Close, Frank: Lucifer´s Legacy, Oxford University Press, New York 2000

Davies, Paul: Superforce, Unwin Paperbacks, London 1985

Davies, P.C.W.; Brown J. (eds.): Superstrings - A Theory of Everything?,

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1988

Dawkins, Richard: The Blind Watchmaker, Penguin Books, London 1988

Dawkins, Richard: Livets flod, Natur och Kultur, Stockholm 1996

Dennet, Daniel C.: Consciousness Explained, Penguin Books, London 1992

Dennet, Daniel C.: Darwin´s Dangerous Idea, Touchstone, New York 1996

Dennet, Daniel C.: Kinds of Minds - Toward an Understanding of

Consciousness, BasicBooks, New York 1996

Deutsch, David: The Fabric of Reality, Penguin Books, London 1997

Gell-Mann, Murray: Kvarken och Jaguaren, ICA-förlaget, Västerås 1994

Greene, Brian: The elegant universe, W.W. Norton & Company, New York 1999

Guttmann Y.M.: The concept of probability in statistical physics, Cambridge

University Press, Cambridge 1999

Hawking, Stephen W.: Kosmos - En kort historik, Rabén Prisma, Stockholm 1992

Hawking, Stephen W.: Svarta hål och universums framtid, Rabén Prisma,

Stockholm 1994

Hoffmeyer, Jesper: Livstecken, Bonnier Alba, Stockholm 1997

Hutten, Ernest H.: The Ideas of Physics, Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh, 1967

Jaynes, Julian: The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the

Bicameral Mind, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston 1982

Livio, Mario: The Accelerating Universe, John Wiley & Sons, New York 2000

Monod, Jacques: Slump och nödvändighet, Aldus/Bonniers, Stockholm 1972

Smolin, Lee: Three Roads to Quantum Gravity, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London

2000

Wick, David: The Infamous Boundary, Springer-Verlag, New York 1995

Artiklar

David Deutsch: Comment on "'Many Minds' Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics

by Michael Lockwood", British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 47 222-8

(1996)

David Deutsch: Proceedings of the Royal Society A455, 3129-3197 Quantum

Theory of Probability and Decisions (1999)

David Deutsch: Proceedings of the Royal Society A456, 1759-1774 Information

Flow in Entangled Quantum Systems (2000)

David Deutsch, Artur Ekert, Rossella Luppachini: Machines, Logic and Quantum

Physics, Bulletin of Symbolic Logic 3, 3 (September 2000)

David Deutsch: The Structure of the Multiverse, opublicerad artikel som blev

framsidesstoff i New Scientist (14 Juli 2001)

Horava & Witten: Eleven-dimensional supergravity on a manifold with

boundary, Nucl. Phys. B475 (1996)

Khoury, Ovrut, Steinhard, Turok: The Ekpyrotic Universe: Colliding Branes

and the Origin of the Hot Big Bang, arXiv:hep-th/0103239 (Mars 2001)

Tegmark & Wheeler: 100 Years of the Quantum, Scientific American (Februari

2001)

Max Tegmark: Is ``the theory of everything'' merely the ultimate ensemble

theory?, Annals of Physics 270, 1-51 (November 1998)

Michael Brooks: Enlightenment in the barrel of a gun, The Guardian (1997)

Anne Runehov: Mind, Brain, Quantum & Time: A Lockwoodian perspective,

Magisteruppsats vis Stockholms Universitet Filosofiska Institutionen (1999)

Steane & van Dam: Quantum entanglement looks like telepathy when three

physicist get together on a game show, Physics Today 35-39, (Februari 2000)

Webbpublikationer

E. T. Jaynes: Probability Theory: The Logic of Science, fragment till ett

bokmanuskript från Juni 1994, PDF-format på webbadressen bayes.wustl.edu

(Augusti 2001)

Christoph Schiller: Motion Mountain - Hiking beyond space and time along the

concepts of modern physics, lärobok i fysik under utarbetande, PDF-format på

webbadressen dse.nl/motionmountain/welcome.html (Augusti 2001)

----- Original Message -----

From: "Wei Dai" <weidai.domain.name.hidden>

To: <everything-list.domain.name.hidden>

Sent: Thursday, May 23, 2002 7:47 PM

Subject: JOINING posts

*> I find that I often have trouble understanding posts on this mailing list,
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*> given the wide range of intellectual ground that it covers. It seems that
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*> people sometimes assume a background in an academic field, and I'm not
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*> even sure what the field is, or how to get up to date or at least familiar
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*> with it. On the other hand, sometimes a poster is just a crank and isn't
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*> making any sense at all. It can be hard to tell the difference.
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*>
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*> Perhaps it would help if list members each posts a short biography of
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*> themselves, and tell us their intellectual backgrounds. What fields are
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*> you familiar with, what relevant books/papers have you read, etc.? This
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*> way, if you don't understand someone's post, you can look up his JOINING
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*> post in the archive and figure out what background he is assuming. I got
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*> this idea from the SL4 mailing list; maybe it will work here as well.
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*>
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*> To begin with myself, I work as a cryptographic engineer, which means I
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*> design and implement computer security mechanisms, with a focus on the
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*> cryptographic parts. I have a BA in computer science, and have taken
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*> courses in linguistics, theory of computation, number theory, algebra,
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*> probability theory, and game theory.
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*>
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*> I think I first encountered the idea that all possible universes exist in
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*> the novel _Permutation City_ by Greg Egan, and then in Tegmark and
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*> Schmidhuber's papers. I started this mailing list after reading both of
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*> those papers.
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*>
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*> I've scanned through _An Introduction to Kolmogorov Complexity and Its
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*> Applications_, Ming Li and Paul Vitanyi, and read parts of it in enough
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*> detail to have found several previously unreported errors. It's about
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*> algorithmic information theory, and I personally think it is the single
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*> most important book for list members to read.
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*>
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*> Here are some other books that I've read outside of formal education that
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*> seem relevant.
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*>
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*> _The Selfish Gene_, Richard Dawkins. Theory of evolution.
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*> _Gödel, Escher, Bach - an Eternal Golden Braid_, Douglas Hofstadter. On
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*> self-reference.
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*> _Maxwell's Demon: Entropy, Information, Computation_. Entropy and the
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*> physics of computation.
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*> _Philosophy of Mathematics: Structure and Ontology_, Stewart Shapiro.
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*>
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*> I'm finding that I don't have enough knowledge about foundations of
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*> mathematics, foundations of decision theory, and quantum mechanics. I'm
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*> currently reading the following books to rectify the situation:
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*>
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*> _The Foundations of Causal Decision Theory_, James Joyce
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*> _A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics_, John S. Townsend
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*> _Foundations Without Foundationalism : A Case for Second-Order Logic_,
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*> Stewart Shapiro
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*>
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*> Ok, who wants to go next?
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*>
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Received on Fri May 24 2002 - 00:50:53 PDT

Date: Fri, 24 May 2002 09:50:55 +0200

My formal education ended back in the beginnings of the seventies with a

finished MA in sociology and an invitation to get a doctors degree at the

University of Stockholm. But life got in the way.

When my wife died two years ago I decided to write a book in order to

understand better some of my thinkings during all those years. I finished

the book in seven months and have since been trying to get it published.

That has proven very hard since Swedish is a small language. Max Tegmark,

who is swedish, even though he works in USA has read my manuscript and

promised to write a forward if I could get a bookcompany to publish it. He

said he was impressed and thought that my work was a fascinating hike in the

territory between philosophy and physics and that it was full of original

ideas! Unfortunately I don´t suppose many on this list is fluent in swedish,

but to give you an idea where I´m at I can show you the bibliography from

the book:

Bibliografi

Barrow, John D.: Universums födelse, Natur och Kultur, Stockholm 1995

Blackmore, Susan: The Meme Machine, Oxford University Press, New York 1999

Casti, John L.: Searching for certainty, Scribners, London 1992

Close, Frank: Lucifer´s Legacy, Oxford University Press, New York 2000

Davies, Paul: Superforce, Unwin Paperbacks, London 1985

Davies, P.C.W.; Brown J. (eds.): Superstrings - A Theory of Everything?,

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1988

Dawkins, Richard: The Blind Watchmaker, Penguin Books, London 1988

Dawkins, Richard: Livets flod, Natur och Kultur, Stockholm 1996

Dennet, Daniel C.: Consciousness Explained, Penguin Books, London 1992

Dennet, Daniel C.: Darwin´s Dangerous Idea, Touchstone, New York 1996

Dennet, Daniel C.: Kinds of Minds - Toward an Understanding of

Consciousness, BasicBooks, New York 1996

Deutsch, David: The Fabric of Reality, Penguin Books, London 1997

Gell-Mann, Murray: Kvarken och Jaguaren, ICA-förlaget, Västerås 1994

Greene, Brian: The elegant universe, W.W. Norton & Company, New York 1999

Guttmann Y.M.: The concept of probability in statistical physics, Cambridge

University Press, Cambridge 1999

Hawking, Stephen W.: Kosmos - En kort historik, Rabén Prisma, Stockholm 1992

Hawking, Stephen W.: Svarta hål och universums framtid, Rabén Prisma,

Stockholm 1994

Hoffmeyer, Jesper: Livstecken, Bonnier Alba, Stockholm 1997

Hutten, Ernest H.: The Ideas of Physics, Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh, 1967

Jaynes, Julian: The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the

Bicameral Mind, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston 1982

Livio, Mario: The Accelerating Universe, John Wiley & Sons, New York 2000

Monod, Jacques: Slump och nödvändighet, Aldus/Bonniers, Stockholm 1972

Smolin, Lee: Three Roads to Quantum Gravity, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London

2000

Wick, David: The Infamous Boundary, Springer-Verlag, New York 1995

Artiklar

David Deutsch: Comment on "'Many Minds' Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics

by Michael Lockwood", British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 47 222-8

(1996)

David Deutsch: Proceedings of the Royal Society A455, 3129-3197 Quantum

Theory of Probability and Decisions (1999)

David Deutsch: Proceedings of the Royal Society A456, 1759-1774 Information

Flow in Entangled Quantum Systems (2000)

David Deutsch, Artur Ekert, Rossella Luppachini: Machines, Logic and Quantum

Physics, Bulletin of Symbolic Logic 3, 3 (September 2000)

David Deutsch: The Structure of the Multiverse, opublicerad artikel som blev

framsidesstoff i New Scientist (14 Juli 2001)

Horava & Witten: Eleven-dimensional supergravity on a manifold with

boundary, Nucl. Phys. B475 (1996)

Khoury, Ovrut, Steinhard, Turok: The Ekpyrotic Universe: Colliding Branes

and the Origin of the Hot Big Bang, arXiv:hep-th/0103239 (Mars 2001)

Tegmark & Wheeler: 100 Years of the Quantum, Scientific American (Februari

2001)

Max Tegmark: Is ``the theory of everything'' merely the ultimate ensemble

theory?, Annals of Physics 270, 1-51 (November 1998)

Michael Brooks: Enlightenment in the barrel of a gun, The Guardian (1997)

Anne Runehov: Mind, Brain, Quantum & Time: A Lockwoodian perspective,

Magisteruppsats vis Stockholms Universitet Filosofiska Institutionen (1999)

Steane & van Dam: Quantum entanglement looks like telepathy when three

physicist get together on a game show, Physics Today 35-39, (Februari 2000)

Webbpublikationer

E. T. Jaynes: Probability Theory: The Logic of Science, fragment till ett

bokmanuskript från Juni 1994, PDF-format på webbadressen bayes.wustl.edu

(Augusti 2001)

Christoph Schiller: Motion Mountain - Hiking beyond space and time along the

concepts of modern physics, lärobok i fysik under utarbetande, PDF-format på

webbadressen dse.nl/motionmountain/welcome.html (Augusti 2001)

----- Original Message -----

From: "Wei Dai" <weidai.domain.name.hidden>

To: <everything-list.domain.name.hidden>

Sent: Thursday, May 23, 2002 7:47 PM

Subject: JOINING posts

Received on Fri May 24 2002 - 00:50:53 PDT

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