[extropy-chat] Fragmentation of computations

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Mon Mar 26 23:58:53 UTC 2007

On 3/26/07, Russell Wallace <russell.wallace at gmail.com> wrote:

>  (Note that this is very different from the Swamp Man scenario where
> information is generated from random quantum fluctuations at an
> improbability factor of two to the power of a zillion to one against. In
> that scenario, it would be reasonable to call it non-causal.)

Do you say this because they are quantum fluctuations, or because of the
extreme improbability that Swamp Man will emerge? There is a problem if you
say quantum effects are non-causal because everything is ultimately a
quantum event, which has a classical approximation at large scales. There is
a problem if you say extremely improbable things that happen are non-causal
because improbable things can happen and, given long enough, will happen.
Boltzmann thought the whole universe was a kind of Swamp Man, a random low
entropy variation.

Stathis Papaioannou

Stathis Papaioannou
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