Re: "Free Will Theorem"

From: John M <>
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2005 18:03:57 -0400

Please find my remarks interspaced below.
John M
----- Original Message -----
From: "Russell Standish" <>
To: "Stathis Papaioannou" <>
Cc: <>; <>
Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2005 2:11 AM
Subject: Re: "Free Will Theorem"
Russell wrote in his attachment-style post:
Since we live in a quantum mechanical world, randomness is inherently
quantum mechanical. Chaos, as a classical mechanism will amplify
quantum randomness.
Rather: "we call the world we live in a QM-al one, because based on the
limited information humanity gathered over the past 2-3 millennia a QM was
derived and adjusted with our limited view of the world", so the statement
should fit. Earlier such statements did expire and we have no proof that
future enrichment of the epistemic cognitive inventory we get will not
change the QM-based worldview as it did the Flat earth earlier.
However, from the point of view of extracting sufficient randomness to
fool opponents in an evolutionary setting, classical chaos is good
enough. No agent will have the computational power of Laplace's daemon
poor daemon still could only compute known facts. Future discoveries are
hard to include into ongoing computations - however Ms Daemon may have
deeper insight than our cognitive inventory (knowledge-base)
of today.
I'm dealing with these questions in an artificial life system - Tierra
to be precise. I have compared the original Tierra code, with one in
which the random no. generator is replaced with a true random
no. generator called HAVEGE, and another simulation in which the RNG
is replaced with a cryptographically secure RNG called ISAAC. The
results to date (and this _is_ work in progress) is that there is a
distinct difference between the original Tierra PRNG, and the other
two generators, but that there is little difference between HAVEGE and
ISAAC. This seems to indicate that algorithmic randomness can be good
enough to fool learning algorithms.
I am sure you do a decent job. Tierra, however, does not include facts
that will be discovered (observed?) centuries from now. So the system
is based on a limited model of today's (yesterday's?) modeling. It may
give valuable answers to situations we face now, but your remark about
applying the unknowable (RNGs) does not secure the outcome to match
 the future ways we may find later on.
Of course this is the way to do research, science and the (limited model
based) results are treasures for the further work. Our entire technology has
been developed this way.

John Mikes

(PS: you assure us that the 'attachment format' you apply is harmless.
I agree, but to read it one has to open the attachment, then open the text
(4 clicks) and it appears on a different screen from the one a reply can be
Several members give us the convenience of reading their posts on the page
where the list is answerable.
JM, just an old grouch.)
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