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    Pure randomness & the incomprehensible universe

    I would like to say that I believe ignorance of a quantum objects exact position/momentum does not imply that our general, more fundamental understanding of how the universe works is somehow more limited. In fact, it could be said that the problems brought up by HUP helped deepen our...
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    QM says no observer, no existence

    IMO, the cat must be an observer, or else you tempt the question of who collapses the superposition of 'observer witnessing live cat/observer witnessing dead cat' . . . assuming we havent misdefined 'observer' and that the whole concept of waveform collapse is correct in the first place.
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    The past IS real?

    Doesnt relativity suggest that holding a specific point in spacetime (whether it be in the past; right 'now'; or in the future; way, way, way far away; or really, really close) to be more 'real' then the other is a violation of the no prefered reference frame or somesuch? Or, if that didnt...
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    Who's your favourite living Philsopher

    Dennett. What I've read about Singer, I like.
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    Nothing expanding into nothing.

    Read that one too. Easier to understand.
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    Can You Imagine a Universe Without Space and Time?

    I've read that one. Cant say I understood much of it beyond the idea of Nows in what he calls Platonia.
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    Has determinism ever bothered you?

    Quote:Can you tell me about an event in space/time reality that is not caused? As for 'causeless' events (if there really are such things), atomic decay, the spontaneous existence and annihilation of pairs of virtual particles.
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    The Third Road

    Question: String theory requires extra dimensions than the expected four to describe the universe. The holographic principle, based on the limits of black holes to hold information suggests that there are fewer than the expected four dimensions needed to describe the universe. Is that...
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    Again with the nothing.

    Why cant 'nothing' be defined as the complete and utter absence of 'things', be they objects or concepts?
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    What language is best for describing science?

    Esperanto. No, seriously though . . . not english. Living languages evolve, which makes them sorta kinda unreliable. Speaking in maths about the ecology of the lungfish seems like it would be unnecessarily difficult though. And having separate languages for the different sciences would be...
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    So will there be a theory of everything before 2200?

    I think that not only are the problems getting harder, but encreasingly expensive too. I'm afraid there will be a point where cost will prohibit what we can learn about the universe and everything in it well before we run up against any limit to our ability to understand it.
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    Are qualia real?

    I sort of agree, Scotty was, in a way, a mass murder.
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    The anthropic principal

    I think it is a misunderstanding between these two statements . . . We are here because the conditions are right. The conditions are right because we are here. The first one, I think (correct me if I'm wrong) implies that the right conditions are the cause of us. The second one implies...
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    Sleep Disorder (Somniloquy)

    I used to talk in the early mornings, but I dont think I have in a while. Sometimes when I'd get woken up, I'd remember what it was that I was talking about, and for a brief moment, it would still make complete rational sense. Never sleptwalked or acted out though.
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    Do Atheism and IQ correlate?

    Honestly, I am suspicious of any declared correlation between atheism and intelligence. It reminds me of that study recently that claimed show differences between the brains of people who vote conservative vs. liberal.
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    Poll: Something from nothing or something eternal

    We dont so much impose order because at the level of explaination where mind is evoked, information is already only coming through what essentially is 3 space axes and one time axis (gravity may leak, and whatever, but anyway). In fact it is a limiting factor, or a constraint, just try to...
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    Poll: Something from nothing or something eternal

    I agree that the 'flow' of spacetime requires consciousness (the subjective appearence of motion and a moment-to-moment 'now'). The existence of the 'configurational inter-relationships between quantum objects' themselves does not, I think, depend on consciousness at all. If so, our minds then...
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    Poll: Something from nothing or something eternal

    Many, many edits later . . . What I meant is that QM does not describe space, it describes the behavior of sub-atomic particles in space. Since it does not describe spacetime, it does not account for all the entities that exist. If it did, I would say it would be the Theory of Everything...
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    Poll: Something from nothing or something eternal

    I think the point I was trying to make was that QM is a background dependant theory. It assumes the existence of spacetime. The theory that ultimately subsumes QM and relativity will be background independant, meaning that spacetime will have to emerge from the equations. At that level I guess...
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    Poll: Something from nothing or something eternal

    I want to suggest a difference between the 'something from nothing' that Royce is talking about and the 'something from nothing' that Finger is talking about. The quantum mechanical 'nothing' is more of a background in which events take place (yes, even space too, being as tied to events as it...
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    Does Time Equals Complexity?

    What you just said brought to my mind Saculina, a type of crustacean that has 'devolved' into a small sac-like structure of no more than a handful of cells, is a parasite of crabs, and looks superficially like a weird kind of internal fungal infection in its adult form. But, yeah . . . with...
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    Are observers physical?

    Could quantum objects be considered the only true 'observers' in the physical sense?
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    Anything such as infinite?

    Where do imaginary numbers fit into there? How would we recognize an occasion when an infinity coming out of theoretical physics is in fact correct?
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    Anything such as infinite?

    Would the infinite set of all even positive whole numbers, and the infinite set of all natural numbers be two different 'orders' of infinities? It seems silly, but wouldnt one be in some sense 'more' infinite then the other?
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    Is Strong Atheism Logical?

    I always figured that religion took god for granted and created stories around that, and that it is science that is doing the actual 'searching' (whether it thinks so or not).
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    Is Strong Atheism Logical?

    Sure, I think it's logical to believe in god. It's just that you cant go anywhere from there. Just because there is a god, it does not follow that god likes green shoes and dislikes over-cooked pasta. It could be said that belief in god(s) is the scaffolding necessary to begin seeing reality...
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    When Rebutting Arguments For the Existence of God

    From Webster's: 1 capitalized : the supreme or ultimate reality. Thats the only one I would truly agree with. The others seem more like wishful thinking. Wow, that was fast.
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    When Rebutting Arguments For the Existence of God

    Should'nt a workable definition of god be agreed upon first? Does the absence of evidence signal an evidence of absence, or only constrain the . . . type of god we can reasonably consider to exist?
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    Poll: Something from nothing or something eternal

    I want to say that the difference that you are talking about is more like [ ] and [0], which are two different things (dont ask me how). It could be argued that -1 comes before 0 on the number line, and that there is no 'beginning' to the number line, but it does have a 'middle'. How...
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    On That 3rd Option

    Zantra: "It could be some form of existence . . ." And that 'some form of existence' either at some point in the past came into being, or simply has always been. While there are a multitude of different ways to explain and to interpret 'came into being' and 'has always been' they all boil...
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