Here’s an idea. Maybe the Earth is
computing the answer to life, the universe,
and everything. [MUSIC PLAYING] If you’re unfamiliar with
Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the
comedic sci-fi radio show, turned to novels, turned to
miniseries, turned to movie, turned– well, you get the idea. First off, you gotta
promise that, as soon as this video is over, you’re
going to go read some of it. It’s so good. But more importantly,
there is some stuff that we have to get straight
before we go much further. So there are slight
spoilers ahead, but also, you’re 20
years late, so, yeah. So that being said, anyone
familiar with the paperwork process necessary
save a Volcoms’ mother from the
Bugblatter Beast of Traal can set their Infinite
Improbability Drive to these coordinates. We’ll meet you there. So The Hitchhiker’s Guide
is about, roughly speaking, everything– like the
universe, its inconsistencies, confusiousity, and its
hilarious mysteries. One of those
hilarious mysteries, perhaps the most
important one, is about the question of life,
the universe, and everything. Because of the imaginations of a
very smart computer called Deep Thought, we know the
answer to that question is 42, which isn’t
too helpful, is it? The problem is that we
know the answer, 42, the actual question. Because the question of life,
the universe, and everything isn’t actually a
question, is it? No, it isn’t. It’s dreadful. So here we are, armed with
the most powerful information in the galaxy, with
no idea how to use it. How do we suss this out? Simple– build another
computer, more powerful than the first one,
which gave us the answer to give us the question. Ah-ha! Splendid. And that computer,
well it just happens to be Earth, which, in
The Hitchhiker’s Guide is destroyed to make way
for a hyperspace bypass before its final
calculations are done, but that’s of secondary
importance right now. What is of primary
concern is what it would mean if Douglas
Adams were onto something. What if the Earth, and
the rest of the universe, for that matter,
were a computer. I mean, I know it sounds batty,
but battier things are true. Angler fish are thing, and,
uh, Arrest Development is back. So how might it be that
the universe computes? Well, let’s start easy. What does a computer
do, exactly? It operates on
information, it engages in processes– mechanical
and electrical– that make decisions. Those decisions are based on
programs, which at their heart, are bits– just
little 1s and 0s. The output of the program
is fed back into the system, and the information processing
and creation continues. What, by comparison,
then, is the universe? Well, it’s nothing if
not information, right? Sure, it’s galaxies and stars
and planets and dolphins and towels, but
all of those things are just made up of atoms,
which themselves are made up of particles in different states
that describe all of the stuff. Furthermore, the
universe is certainly the processes which
create and operate on all of that information. #Phisics. Now, this whole
idea really starts to take shape once we get down
to the nitty gritty, or itty bit-y, as the case
may be– emphasis being on bi-t– bit-ty. [BA-DUM CHING] Remember all of those 1s and 0s? As it turns out, the way they
behave inside a normal computer is pretty comparable
to the way atoms behave inside a
universe computer. Now, it’s true that our
ontological metaphors tend to follow whatever the in
vogue technology of the day is. The human brain and the
universe have variously been described as books
and libraries, clocks and factories. But this one, the computer,
has some pretty convenient correlations. Like how the universe and its
atoms, much like a computer, have a binary foundation. Theoretical physicist and
Niels Bohr bro, John Wheeler, put it like this. “It is not unreasonable to
imagine that information sits at the core of
physics,” in the same way “it sits at the
core of a computer. It from bit. Otherwise put, everything
‘it’– every particle, every field of force, even the
space-time continuum itself– derives its function,
its meaning, its very existence entirely from
the apparatus-elicited answers to yes or no questions,
binary choices, bits.” ‘It from bit’ has
become a kind of mantra in a sometimes controversial
line of thinking, variously called
digital physics, digital philosophy,
digital ontology, digital– so on and so forth. These theories hold
that nature performs or is the result of calculation,
meaning that nature, the Earth, maybe even our brains
are deterministic. They are programmed. They are the moving
parts or the result of a process, which is run
by a program that has a goal. This idea is huge, and we can’t
give at the time it deserves. So if you want to more,
we’ll put a reading list in the doobly doo. Now, assuming that you’re
sufficiently convinced of, or intrigued by, the idea
of the universe computer, we can start talking about
the interesting stuff, like, what is it computing? What is the goal of the program? Maybe it is the heat
death of universe. Its goal probably
isn’t the computation of the ultimate question,
whose answer is 42. But what it is, it
involves us– like, people. Douglas Adams even described
Earth through deep thought as a computer of such
infinite and subtle complexity that organic life
itself will form part of the operational matrix. So that could mean two things. Maybe that organic
life is passive, and the simulation
argument is right, and we’re all currently
plugged into the matrix, and not actually
here, and there’s nothing you can do about
it, so just don’t panic. Or it could mean
that organic life is active in that calculation. Meaning, we live in or are
a discretized operationally complex system composed
not of matter and energy but of bits and algorithms. And that life, and all of its
endeavors– like science, art, getting really good at
bocce, Douglas Adams positing that the answer to life,
the universe, and everything is 42– are all just a pursuit
of whittling down our theories about the way the world works
into computable, indisputable truths. The purpose of
the program, then, being to understand the program. Or maybe the universe
isn’t a computer, or on the backs of an infinite
number of turtles, or squeezed out by the
Great Green Arkleseizure. But really, just the universe. And of course, if
we could figure out how to ask that bowl of
petunias why it thought, “oh no, not again” before crashing
into the surface of Magrathea– (FROM VIDEO) Oh no, not again. –we wouldn’t be in
this predicament– [CRACK] –at all. (FROM VIDEO) If we knew exactly
why the bowl of petunias had thought that, we should know
a lot more about the universe than we do now. What do guys think? Is the universe of computer,
and if so, what’s it computing? Let us know in the comments. And if you look up
“subscribing to Idea Channel,” in The Hitchhiker’s Guide,
it reads, mostly harmless. Oh, how do I love math, let me
count the– oh, wait, I can’t. Numbers aren’t real. Let’s see what you
guys had to say about the existence of math. First of all, to all of our
international subscribers, thank you for suffering
through an entire video where I say math and not maths,
that’s just how we do it here in ‘merica. Of course, your way makes
a little bit more sense. HTH128 and a couple
other people point out that math must be an objective
part of the universe, because it comes from
consciousness, which is a part of the universe. But I don’t know whether or
not consciousness’ existence is clearly non-metaphysical. I think it’s not–
not that cut and dry. ManekenT points out that
they agree with the idea that math is a kind
of language that we use to describe the universe,
and goes one step further say that it’s a kind
of uber language, because it’s shared
the world over, which is a very good point. Dave Mantel points
out that Brady Haran of Numberphile frame
also made some videos approaching these topics. We will put some links to
those in the description. They are awesome, and
you should watch them. RainAngel111 asks
whether or not there’s another language other than
mathematics that we can use to describe the universe. Um, I would point you
towards Hartry Field, who published something called,
Science Without Numbers, which sort of describes itself. I’ve seen it described as,
um, not easy or pleasant, but possible, and
that’s what’s important. MrBrionman points out
the embodied argument for mathematics, that
we have a base 10 system because we have 10 fingers. This actually factors
really heavily into the work of
Lakoff and Nunez, who were featured
in the episode. Though this is a true for
measuring lengths in America, we user base– ionno. Uh, yes, the new pronunciation
for “Zaif,” in case anyone is wondering, here’s is the IPA
for it, here’s how it’s spelt. Let’s rotate the board. This one? You’re welcome. To smhjerry, whoa! Questions that
shouldn’t be asked? I think we might just
have to agree to disagree on the existance of those. But as far as the relationship
between science and philosophy, I will leave you with
some words, uh, spoken by the great Ray Kurzweil. “It is precisely because
we cannot resolve issues of consciousness entirely
through objective measurement and analysis that a critical
role exists for philosophy.” This week’s episode
was brought you by the noses of these
talented folks, who were up against the grindstone. Our Tweet of the Week
comes from Cadell Last, two points is towards a
Margaret Wertheim piece about the limits of physics. It’s a long one,
but it’s a good one. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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  • January 8, 2017 at 5:03 pm
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    "The universe is deterministic" Bro, do you even quantum mechanics? That alone should be sufficient to disprove the notion of the universe being a simulation. Computers can't produce true randomness, unlike what we see in the real world. Also, how are atoms like bits? That doesn't even make any sense.

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  • January 8, 2017 at 7:34 pm
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    Sure, you could say that if a computer is just a goal-oriented machine, then the universe is a computer. And its goal is to reach the global minimum of its energy which is the most stable state it can have. Thankfully it'll take some time 🙂

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  • January 9, 2017 at 3:35 pm
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    if we have never seen AI how would we know if we ourself are the work of someone else? are we artificial intelligence?

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  • January 9, 2017 at 6:39 pm
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    We're just a big, complex version of The Sims, where God was first like, "I'm just going to start with two people and be super involved and give them a perfect life," Then He got bored and let them procreate, and it got out of hand, so he destroyed everything to start over so this time he could learn from his mistakes and do it right. Everything got out of hand again and he was like, "Screw this game, I'm never playing it again!" and let us run on auto. He gets pulled in from time to time to check up on us, but mostly we bore him. And now you know.

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  • January 11, 2017 at 9:06 pm
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    I've read the full book and I fully 100% recommend it

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  • January 13, 2017 at 1:50 am
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    It's computing why it's computing in the first place. lol

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  • January 13, 2017 at 5:35 pm
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    If you studied sacred geometry, have a interest in Astrophysik and Math, try to understand figure out what artists like Leonardo da Vinci or Jackson Pollock try to express… think about the development of human species technologically and that we try to solve all our problems with computing power these days… you should consider what philosophy has achieved and you will come to the conclusion that a Hammer will always try to solve a problem with nail.

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  • January 14, 2017 at 6:00 pm
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    To answer the title question, of course!

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  • January 15, 2017 at 3:56 am
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    Daoism.

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  • January 15, 2017 at 7:02 am
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    thinking Mike needs more COFFEE :-p

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  • January 15, 2017 at 6:35 pm
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    Maybe. If it is, it is so huge that we can't comprehend if it has any intelligible structure and what it's supposed to compute. Our version of a computer is so limited and will always be a subset of this universal computer.

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  • January 15, 2017 at 11:51 pm
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    The universe is a computer and a hologram is the product.

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  • January 16, 2017 at 9:23 am
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    What is 42?!!

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  • January 16, 2017 at 7:32 pm
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    An argument i like that goes against this line of thought is that we cant be in a computer with irrational numbers

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  • January 16, 2017 at 11:46 pm
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    If the universe is a sim or program, then why assume we are reason it exists? It seems odd to make a universe so enormous in comparison to our size as human beings. It would be like a kid making an entire planet for a science competition, just to show the life cycle of a flea. Pointless!

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  • January 16, 2017 at 11:53 pm
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    Why presume that if the universe is a computer then it must have the goal of computing something? I think it's just happening without an imposed goal, but there's probably the unintended goal to spawn longer-lasting universes, a kind of survival of the fittest.

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  • January 18, 2017 at 1:10 am
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    4:41 Brain in a vat and the simulation argument are not the same thing. The picture you show and comparison you make to the matrix are brain in a vat examples, while your counterpoint is actually the simulation argument.

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  • January 18, 2017 at 7:58 am
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    References on point.

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  • January 18, 2017 at 11:59 am
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    I just had to repeat the bit where you say "we'll put a reading list in the dooblidoo" over and over again. Hahaha

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  • January 19, 2017 at 8:11 am
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    the universe is a computer. I built a functional modle. it turns out my functional model works identical to a virtual private network on the www. each person is one computer head, literally. their subconscious is a CPU, their conscious is a ram, and their entire life experience is on the hard drive. (experiential memory). thereby due to commonality as a continuum and mass individualism as a continuum in idealism, the effect is a perfectly calculable continuum of the difference. this difference is always the truth. most often there is nothing you can do about the difference. however,due to nature being about itself,the difference does not need adjusting. the difference between these two quantities is what we mankind is working on anyway. these things are solvable. and we do. if it ain't broken don't fix it. however you can observe all you like.

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  • January 19, 2017 at 10:43 pm
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    Im using a computer which is part of the universe to consider the question; Is the universe a computer?
    Well, most certainly this part is.

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  • January 20, 2017 at 6:29 pm
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    the petunias thought that is because of something explained in a later book of the series.

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  • January 21, 2017 at 8:03 pm
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    this video say that is a progrem to get a info from the progrem that we just progrem and no more
    i mean progrem anything to say it progrem is like to eat anything and say it that everything is ate-able
    we i just not sleep right now and make my progem to make new progrem to make newprogrem that call dream and than the progerm that call eyes will go crazy but no one can see it becuse the progrem that call eyes can be seen in the light!
    i dont get it progrem ummm…. some number… bahhh why i progreming to wirte it!?
    pls dont comment im to sleep to think right now (i progrem to hate english)

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  • January 22, 2017 at 1:15 am
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    enter code "greed is good"

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  • January 22, 2017 at 6:44 am
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    Our particular universe is simulating the "what if Donald Trump ever became the president" scenario.

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  • January 22, 2017 at 4:13 pm
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    Organic life is just a technology. A Technology created by chance just like we created the internet. What is the purpose of the internet? It's just part of the cycle. The universe creates planets > planets create life -> humans -> the internet -> artificial intelligence -> ai creates its own universe> creates planet equivalents -> create life equivalents …. and so own

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  • January 24, 2017 at 8:20 pm
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    Quick point – you say at 3:49 that "Nature is the result of calculation…". It would be much more accurate, I believe to say that nature is much more a function of "computation" given the idea you're representing. Its a small difference but an important one – and one that you should appreciate given your "is math real?" segment.

    Stephen Wolfram has done some amazing work on this. His book "A New Kind of Science" is worth a read.

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  • January 25, 2017 at 5:33 am
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    Didn't they explain the bowl of petunias in one of the later books?

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  • January 25, 2017 at 4:08 pm
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    I think the universe is an answer to the question – 'What's it like to experience everything?'

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  • January 25, 2017 at 10:15 pm
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    It from Quit.

    (not "it from bit" 0123 (it's 4 (quit?)), not 01 (it's bit))

    If there's one truth about the universe that's fundemental: it's that you can either: agree, disagree, care-less, or remain unsure; with it

    (and don't forget about virtual particles, how they annihilate eachother into high-energy light waves, and that they're not there when you don't look at them (or atleast not as particles (that's four states (so technically it should be "light from byte")))

    #TheSchim

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  • January 31, 2017 at 3:57 pm
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    I think that it is not a computer and the similarity between physics and computers is due to computers being modeled after physics in order to accomplish its goal. If you made a clone modeled after weezy waiter, it better look a lot like him.

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  • January 31, 2017 at 8:15 pm
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    the question of any being reveals what scenario or limitations this been has. In this case our limitation is asking for a goal of a computer universe "if it is a computer what is it computing?" trying to be more exact our highest level is to relate it to computer as indigenous people once thought a plane was a bird. we are not there yet and we may never be there. with our binary logic as it is. Just like a 4 dimensional thing we can only see its 3 dimensional shadow there could be more dimensions. So the answer may very well be… "to my highest point of knowledge it is a computer and it is computing something but to a higher dimensional being is a fork and to the one higher than that is nothing because that higher being needs!!!! nothing. thank you for reading the extensive very own opinion.

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  • February 1, 2017 at 4:43 am
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    "just ones and zeroes," you say? Try not plugging your computer in! More like, "just voltage or not voltage"

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  • February 3, 2017 at 11:09 pm
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    sniff sniff … Smelling TRON here!

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  • February 5, 2017 at 10:15 pm
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    Infinite porn generator. With infinite kinks!!

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  • February 6, 2017 at 10:23 pm
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    maths…. its MATH… AMERICA OWNS EARTH

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  • February 8, 2017 at 6:39 pm
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    The bowl of petunias was named Agrajag and Arthur Dent was repeatedly responsible for his many deaths.

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  • February 8, 2017 at 7:28 pm
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    wait a sec… if the universe is a program with a product – shouldn't we not think about what the product is,because as soon as we figure it out,isn't the universe going to end?

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  • February 10, 2017 at 2:58 am
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    what if we are a type 3 civilization ? and have travel across the galaxy and found a suitable planet for populating. what if that planet is next to a relatively new and small yellow star, what if this happened 400 million years ago? and what if we are are a bad copy of them never to be seen again ?

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  • February 10, 2017 at 3:29 am
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    What does me scratching my balls does the computer compute…?

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  • February 13, 2017 at 3:28 pm
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    Its quite Self centered to think that the universe is part of something we have already invented.

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  • February 13, 2017 at 4:25 pm
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    00:39 what is this from?

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  • February 14, 2017 at 3:48 pm
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    Sooooo there's a theory that actually incoorporates this idea as well as the question of what is being computed/simulated…. For those interested google: "My big toe" and have fun

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  • February 19, 2017 at 3:39 pm
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    CELERY MAN!

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  • February 22, 2017 at 4:02 am
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    The universe is "existing" inside or rather on a non-physical, not-bounded-by-logic enviroment.
    Or it exists inside or "on" nothing and what itself be non-existent.

    The first cause of all thinks that are physical can't itself be physical, so the first cause has to be either non-physical or nothing at all. Logic is broken at this point either way. The very meaning of the existence of logic and physics requieres a non-logic-bounded component wich is able to run our universe by pure will or randomnes.

    Its maybe like a game with a certain set of rules. And it's there to allow (us) to make experiences at all. Monopoly wouldbn't give you any meaningful experience if you could just take as much money out of the game as you like.
    We may be players, we may be gods, we may be non-player-like code.
    And maybe there isn't much of a difference between it all or even between alive and dead parts of the universe.
    I guess the rules we see aren't broken often because it would ruin the game. Or because there is nothing the universe runs on. But if there is something, and if we are at least more than non-player-characters, we may be able to do things that are virtually impossible by nature because we just could take as much monopoly money as we want.

    If there is a cause for all physical concepts wich is itself not physical, magic and anything thinkable and unthinkable might be possible. Maybe even after the game board is prepared and the game started.
    Oh shit, just dropped my cola over the board… Time to buy a new one 😐

    sincerly

    an agnostic

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  • February 27, 2017 at 11:58 pm
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    it said that because arthur dent has accident ly killed the sane bieng over and over again and that was one of its many lives.

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  • March 1, 2017 at 9:45 pm
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    Jack L. Chalker's saga posits some great theories regarding this. His first book was even published a year before Adam's work. I will admit that the Hitchhiker's Guide was more humorous and engaging.

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  • March 7, 2017 at 12:07 am
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    The question was revealed at the end of the series. The question was "What is six times nine?"

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  • March 9, 2017 at 6:14 pm
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    how else could the universe exist?

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  • March 13, 2017 at 3:35 pm
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    let me start with this " People believe what they want to believe, see what they want to see and hear what the want to hear". The Earth might be computing something that may be true. Life is just ideas people make to find an understanding of there on existence, from the ideas and words of others. The meaning of life as a planet there is not one. The meaning of life as an individual the are infant possibilities.

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  • March 13, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    let me start with this " People believe what they want to believe, see what they want to see and hear what the want to hear". The Earth might be computing something that may be true. Life is just ideas people make to find an understanding of there on existence, from the ideas and words of others. The meaning of life as a planet there is not one. The meaning of life as an individual the are infant possibilities.

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  • March 18, 2017 at 8:48 am
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    nothing is real, may as well not wear pants.

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  • March 28, 2017 at 6:17 pm
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    If earth is labelled as 42, and the universe is artificial, where would the other 41 be? If we are labelled as the 42nd universe then My assumption is that there is at least 41 universes exist but there is a possibility that more could be manufactured.

    I other words if virtual reality and our reality we live in can be manipulated then its also a possibility that we as humans are just artifical beings and we can duplicate ourselves, in fact it's happening today with the advent of human cloning.

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  • April 4, 2017 at 5:45 pm
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    ….WHAT IS A COMPUTER, COMPUTING THEN?

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  • April 15, 2017 at 12:32 pm
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    A program in a computer doesn't need to compute anything… it can just be run without any specific purpouse except maybe being object of external observation by the writer of the program, for personal or scientific reasons.

    Maybe we are just an accelerated and not very accurate simulation of a meta-universe, and we were created for scientific reasons.

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  • April 30, 2017 at 7:09 am
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    If the universe is comparable to a computer, that surely says more about our relationship to computers and computation than it does about the universe. If the universe is a computer, then it is and has always, naturally been that way, and we simply, maybe subconsciously, modeled computers off of the rules we know about the universe. Because we created computers doesn't mean something created the universe.

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  • June 4, 2017 at 10:38 pm
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    I've read the series twice and I'm reading it for the third time right now. Tbh after reading it 42 became my favorite number. Now after reading the Artemis Fowl series my favorite number is 4.

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  • June 21, 2017 at 8:04 am
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    That was my idea!

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  • July 18, 2017 at 8:48 pm
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    Okay, I got it. Or probably not, but maybe if everything is discretized in the universe: atoms, plank time, plank space? , whatever, everything is discrete. Then it can fit a computer. However, if there is anything that has infinite precision, then, we cannot be inside any computer, for there would be no way to pack it (much like you cannot list all real numbers). So if we figure this out – if everything is discrete, or conversely if there is something that isn't discrete, then we can at least know if we are in.

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  • August 19, 2017 at 4:56 pm
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    no, just the petunias are always sentient.

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  • August 29, 2017 at 12:17 am
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    Answer: 42, Question: Which make of the universe are we on? next question: Are we created from universe 41 or universe 1?

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  • August 29, 2017 at 3:45 am
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    Or a computer is a universe simulator, on a very small scale. A computer is an environment where order occurs from specific non-random input, an environment for CAUSE AND EFFECT. It's an information environment the way our universe is an energy environment, the computer is an information universe. Its particles are ones and zeroes. Or perhaps we could say its ones are particles, and its zeroes are equivalent to energy (thus, the default of all zeroes would be no information, no "particles," nothing but background energy and potential).

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  • August 31, 2017 at 5:01 pm
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    Quantum mechanics doesn't work with 1/0 (bits), everything at that scale exists as a probability cloud of potential 1's or 0's.
    Each potential particle has different probabilities of existing. When we try to measure a single particle it will collapse into an actual location. Which is weird. The Universe isn't a computer it's something much more interesting.

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  • September 1, 2017 at 5:05 am
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    The correct question, is intelligence part of the cosmos?

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  • September 5, 2017 at 12:39 pm
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    hahaha .. https://www.facebook.com/groups/deep.thought.42/ group for ..42 info collections ;p

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  • September 9, 2017 at 4:56 am
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    Not nothing
    a tiny something
    nothing that fits here-
    halllooo – hallooo
    Now everyone asks,
    who did that??
    look at http://wortreigen.at/2017/09/09/universum/

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  • September 9, 2017 at 1:17 pm
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    This guy is irritating as shit.

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  • September 10, 2017 at 12:09 am
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    Well the universe as it stands is the only single entity that knows the exact location and momentum of every sub-atomic particle at any given moment at any given time at any given location. The universe knows how much total (mass, energy, information) it possesses. Does the Universe Observe?

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  • September 11, 2017 at 12:36 am
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    The development of AI will be hastened by quantum computing, which will likely employ time crystals for memory ( read "Physicists create time crystals: New form of matter may hold key to developing quantum machines" on phys.org). Time crystals can theoretically outlast the known universe because they exist outside of space-time. Imagine what's going to happen when the first ASI (read "The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence" on waitbutwhy) discovers an algorithm capable of generating the known universe up to the point of its creation and stores that information outside the space-time continuum; it will create a causality loop where we create the thing which creates the universe we evolved in to create it. It means our lives all have to be lived fairly close to a precise trajectory which ensures the end result of its creation.

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  • September 27, 2017 at 11:07 am
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    Douglas Adams knew what he was doing 😉

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  • October 3, 2017 at 4:44 pm
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    42 of course! we just need to read the Kabbala. or? and yeas we schould be algebra otherwhise we would be an evel gaos instead a creation of love…

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  • October 16, 2017 at 7:33 am
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    The notion that all of nature is made of mathematics does not require that it be deterministic. Ever heard of nonlinear dynamics?

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  • October 17, 2017 at 10:16 am
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    You say universe is based on simpliest mechanics of answering the questions yes or no.
    Quantum mechanics are the one you probably talked about, and it's not as easy as yes or no answers. How can the fundamental uncertainty principle be a yes no mechanic?

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  • October 20, 2017 at 12:30 am
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    I think you should speak not so fast … have you ever considered the idea that many viewers do not speak English natively? .. like me for example…

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  • October 20, 2017 at 3:48 pm
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    Maybe if the universe is computer, gravity is just lag in the system caused by the processing it takes to handle mass/matter. Bigger mass=more lag=>more gravity. Black holes would just be a BSoD.

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  • October 24, 2017 at 11:59 am
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    how to pass information over time

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  • October 24, 2017 at 2:57 pm
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    forgotten simulation in an undergrad's basement

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  • November 18, 2017 at 5:05 pm
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    3:13 lol John Wheeler was Niels Bohr's brother?

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  • November 26, 2017 at 6:12 am
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    I like it. This gives everything in the bible an explanation. Atheists, make sure you read it.

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  • November 29, 2017 at 10:51 pm
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    Guys! I figured it out! The question is: How much digital space does it take to compile all the information in the universe? Answer is 42!…but what is the unit of measurement????

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  • December 31, 2017 at 6:59 am
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    In Japanese 42 translates to Death.
    4 is Shi, and 2 is Ni.
    Put together it's Shini, or death.
    The answer to life is death.

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  • January 13, 2018 at 7:49 am
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    "Life and all of its endeavors are all just a pursuit of wittling down our theories about the way the world works into computable, indisputable truths" … love it!!!

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  • January 14, 2018 at 2:54 pm
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    A large computer that designed itself from nothing.

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  • February 3, 2018 at 5:26 pm
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    If Elon Musk, Dr. Nick Bostrom, Tom Campbell, and others, are correct, then we are all in a simulation system. I have often felt that what we sense here and out there is a gigantic computer. Even our dreams are not our own, because, every night it feels something like Second Life, where Avatars(?) plug in and play through our very body. We only glimpse our so-called dreams in selected mini movies. Then we cycle into the day-dream movie…?

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  • February 19, 2018 at 9:59 pm
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    You look like Johnny Jaqobis from Killjoys

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  • March 16, 2018 at 12:15 am
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    No promises

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  • March 17, 2018 at 9:02 pm
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    It's computing the answer to itself in a infinite loop. So yeah… Don't Panic, because we are not going anywhere.

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  • April 30, 2018 at 8:05 pm
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    The universe is in constant distribution and transformation
    we see it through the eye of knowledge and is our forbidden fruit the knowledge of good and evil through the power of distribution and transformation

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  • June 4, 2018 at 8:41 am
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    Biocentrism??

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  • June 4, 2018 at 8:48 am
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    They're trying to create a universe in a computer right now, but when they turn it on, it might delete existence. Lol. fax machine sounds

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  • June 27, 2018 at 5:12 am
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    The world is indeed a computer and it is computing all the possible ways to do your mom. Your mom is easy therefore there are a lot of ways it must compute.

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  • July 10, 2018 at 5:07 am
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    "Its goal, whatever it is, it involves us"
    Why? Life is just something that emerged from the simulation. If the universe is a computer program, then it must have been made by someone. If this someone made a simulation that calculates the interactions between literally every single particle in the universe with every other particle in the universe (the amount of calculations per second is unimaginable), then its goal is probably incomprehensible by us, but i'm almost 100% certain we are not particularly involved in it. It might be about life, but life around the entire universe, not just about us. Or it might just be about the formation of galaxies and structures. Or it might just be literally a kind of "toy" simulation comparable to John Conway's Game of Life or just… Minecraft.

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  • August 17, 2018 at 8:34 am
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    Black mirror illustrated this very well.

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  • October 6, 2018 at 5:42 pm
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    The universe is computing the same question as all of us "What am i"

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  • November 23, 2018 at 7:02 am
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    i believe in God but i am open to new ways in which God could have created the universe. I the bible it says that God spoke the word and it happened and computers are getting so advanced that we now have voice assistants and pretty soon, voice controlled simulation. We could program our Alexa to turn on our color changing smart bulbs when we say let there be light and it would happen. If anything, Tron has taught us that even if you are living in a computer, you can very much be alive and although it is openly told to programs that they are programs and that users created them, if it was not told to them, imagine how they would act. I believe the same could be possible with us and we just don't know it

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  • February 27, 2019 at 4:12 pm
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    If the universe is a program or game, I'd like to be an NPC

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  • March 4, 2019 at 3:33 pm
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    If you are suggesting the universe is a computer then isn’t reasonable to assume this computer has a programmer?

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  • March 15, 2019 at 7:32 am
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    "we are a way for the cosmos to know itself" – Carl Sagan

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  • July 22, 2019 at 8:37 pm
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    It's a self-fulfilling prophecy thinking you're a simulation cos it'd mean that simulating reality(or something close to reality or wevr) is possible. This thought would only encourage us to work towards a future where making simulations within simulations would be the ultimate reality and the universe will be truly conscious. And maybe this is how it's always been; black holes within a black hole, simulations within simulations like russian dolls all the way down. The basic reality loses its meaning when you're looking for a needle in a haystack. Life is funny and it sure is stranger than fiction.

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  • September 20, 2019 at 12:18 pm
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    It literally is! Anyone who notices it deep is.

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