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God in the Eyes

December 23, 2018

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Out of nothing I have created a strange new universe. — Janos Bolyai Is there a God? I have no idea. But if there is one, He (or She or It) ought to be really, really impressive. The standard God who watches the Game Board of the Universe and occasionally moves some of the pieces, is so … so … human. And that’s a […]

Is the Universe Made of Numbers?

September 4, 2016

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We are not to tell nature what she’s gotta be . . . She’s always got better imagination than we have. — Richard Feynman Ever since the Ancients developed the first principles of mathematics, there’s been a notion that the universe itself is made of numbers. Today it’s an idea more tempting than ever, since […]

Dear Elon Musk: Nick Bostram Is Messing With You

June 5, 2016

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If realistic simulations of the universe are possible, then there would very quickly be far more simulations of reality than actual reality. Without any reason to assume we’re in reality rather than a simulation, the chances of us randomly happening to be in the one option among billions that isn’t fake is billions to one. […]

You Aren’t Here — a short story

January 22, 2012

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. . . Perhaps there will really be nothing for anyone after me, and the whole world, as soon as my consciousness is extinguished, will also be extinguished like a phantom, as part of my consciousness only, and be utterly abolished, since perhaps all this world and all these men are myself alone. — Dostoyevsky […]