Sunday, 30 September 2012

Nothing defies reason

A couple of interesting results from modern physics which many are not familiar with are the Bekenstein bound and the Bremermann's limit. They are derived from the laws of thermodynamics, the theory of relativity and the quantum theory.

The Bremermann's limit implies that the computational speed of a finite region of space with finite amount of energy is finite and the Bekenstein bound implies that the information necessary to perfectly describe a finite region of space with finite amount of energy is finite.

These sorts of limits strongly support the idea of digital philosophy according to which the universe and all entities inhabiting it is simply a gigantic Turing-complete cellular automaton, i.e. a classical computer.'s_Game_of_Life

I'll save a link here to somewhat unrelated discussion I had about the existence of god...

My guess is that if there is a god he will throw believer to hell for intellectual failure and put skeptics to heaven for honesty. Though, a possibility might exist that he would do neither. After all, we should forgive people most of their limited vision and weakness.

If you can give me any example of something that is immaterial that I can recognize as immaterial, then maybe we can have a discussion about the immaterial. Until then, everything you say about immaterial things is literally nonsensical.

"Since it is obviously inconceivable that all religions can be right, the most reasonable conclusion is that they are all wrong." - Christopher Hitchens

"What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence." - Christopher Hitchens

"Rational arguments don't usually work on religious people. Otherwise there would be no religious people." - Gregory House