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Universe as a cellular automaton

  1. Feb 11, 2012 #1
    Have there been any published papers promoting an idea that the universe is a cellular automaton with N-dimensional Planck-scale cells with some unknown but hopefully not incredibly complex set of rules?
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  3. Feb 12, 2012 #2


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    What? I don't even know how that would begin to make any sense.
  4. Feb 12, 2012 #3
    string theory?
  5. Feb 12, 2012 #4


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    I don’t pretend to understand this, but there is a discussion of your subject matter here:

    CA As Models of the Fundamental Physical Reality.

    As Andrew Ilachinski points out in his Cellular Automata, many scholars have raised the question of whether the universe is a cellular automaton.

  6. Feb 12, 2012 #5


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    Ah ok, after reading that article the OP makes alot more sense. Other than the wikipedia article I've never heard of this before, so I can't be of much help. Have you looked at the references on the wikipedia article Terrr?
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