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by Noax
Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The Simulation Argument
Replies: 210
Views: 13681

Re: The Simulation Argument

Shannon coding is a specific type of math that is used in computers to prevent errors when transfering graphical data. I wanted to question this bit, since there seems to be a conflict somewhere. I googled Shannon coding and everything talks about data compression. Shannon coding is a way to compre...
by Noax
Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: IoT and Computer Science
Replies: 7
Views: 956

Re: IoT and Computer Science

It seems that computers are taking over our world, making it more automatic. I think that is a good thing except for one point: In order to automate, you must program. You might not have to break out the C++ primer, but you must usually get out your terminal bash commands for Linux. It seems there ...
by Noax
Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Can you honestly say the universe has no center?
Replies: 35
Views: 2797

Re: Can you honestly say the universe has no center?

diameter of universe is thought to be 160 billion light years. Have a reference to this one? I've not heard this one, although it is close to the ~92 BLY diameter of the subset of all material which could have ever had a causal effect on what is now Earth. Such a definition is not an unreasonable d...
by Noax
Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The Simulation Argument
Replies: 210
Views: 13681

Re: The Simulation Argument

Shannon coding is a specific type of math that is used in computers to prevents errors when transfering graphical data. It was not invented for that purpose, but it is used for it. There are different types of the code, but they all do the same job. They are all essentially Shannon coding. So when ...
by Noax
Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The Simulation Argument
Replies: 210
Views: 13681

Re: The Simulation Argument

Seems we cannot come to an agreement on that point. I had two points: It is not Shannon coding, and Shannon coding is not computer code any more than is Morse coding (a third example, also older than any computer). You disagree with both? Calling something false, doesn't meant it truly is false. Bu...
by Noax
Sat Jun 02, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The Simulation Argument
Replies: 210
Views: 13681

Re: The Simulation Argument

Philosophy Explorer wrote: Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:24 pm
bahman wrote: Thu May 31, 2018 2:15 amWhat is FDp?
I believe FDP is referring to FlashDangerPants.
Yes, except he spells it with a lowercase p.
by Noax
Sat Jun 02, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The Simulation Argument
Replies: 210
Views: 13681

Re: The Simulation Argument

You might not like it, but James Gates did find Shannon coding in supersymmetry equations ! This statement is false. Shannon coding was not found. Just something that bears a resemblance to it. Secondly, Shannon coding is not computer code despite some of the media hyping it that way. It is not a l...
by Noax
Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:33 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Something which cannot be annihilated cannot be created, etc.
Replies: 26
Views: 2220

Re: Something which cannot be annihilated cannot be created, etc.

Time can be reversed except for entropy, which gives time its arrow. So entropy is my entry for something which can be created but not annihilated. Black holes also come to mind (there is very much an arrow of time to them), so they cannot be undone by reversing the process. But they can be annihila...
by Noax
Thu May 31, 2018 1:07 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The Simulation Argument
Replies: 210
Views: 13681

Re: The Simulation Argument

You seem to be unsure if we are real in this simulation or simulated. Is it VR or not? Well I was using VR as an argument to show that free will and computing can agree. Very well then. There is no 'free will' then, defined as 'remote controlled beings', or 'possessed', and Bahman's point is about ...
by Noax
Thu May 31, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The Simulation Argument
Replies: 210
Views: 13681

Re: The Simulation Argument

4. Light Speed.[/b] The computer has a limit to it's processing power, so there is also a limit of potential in the simulation. That assumes that time as experienced is not simulated within our simulation, which seems absurd. If I write a program to simulate a clock, then I will set the tick to toc...
by Noax
Wed May 30, 2018 5:26 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Why Physicalism is Wrong
Replies: 358
Views: 26967

Re: Why Physicalism is Wrong

The author did indicate that at least implicitly a physicalist does recognise the distinction of the mental conscious side to the physical. What do you mean by 'supervenes'? Could you rephrase? I don't think a physicalist would call it 'a side'. There is but one 'side', and I'm not sure what you me...
by Noax
Wed May 30, 2018 2:19 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The Simulation Argument
Replies: 210
Views: 13681

Re: The Simulation Argument

I'm here to give you a logic/mathematical/scientific, albeit counter-intuitive alternative to the models we struggle to prove. And an explanation that could once and for all remove God and thereby standard creationism from the metaphysical realm. The model you suggest has been suggested by several ...
by Noax
Tue May 29, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?
Replies: 5
Views: 767

Re: Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?

I will first comment on Rose Dale's leading entry. I consider this topic to be poorly worded. It is not a criticism of the article, since the topic is typically worded in exactly those words. Although Heidegger described this as the fundamental question of metaphysics, the answer is quite straightfo...
by Noax
Tue May 29, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Why Physicalism is Wrong
Replies: 358
Views: 26967

Re: Why Physicalism is Wrong

The only condescension here is your conclusion that I only read a title and not much more. I assure you I read it in its entirety. Others had expressed similar approval of the article. I jumped only on your case because I hold you to a higher standard. If you think the conclusion was well argued, p...
by Noax
Tue May 29, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The Simulation Argument
Replies: 210
Views: 13681

Re: The Simulation Argument

This is why this subject cannot be one of science, and thus is a metaphysical topic: There cannot be any empirical evidence of being simulated. If the universe is a simulation of any kind, however accurate or crude, it defines the physics. If the simulation S is an imperfect attempt at simulation of...