[extropy-chat] String Theory: Not Even Wrong...
robert.bradbury at gmail.com
Sat Jun 24 16:53:48 UTC 2006
Article  points out how theoretical physics is "hitting the wall".
Several forthcoming books (by physicists Peter Woit and Lee Smolin) are
going to be pointing out that the lack of testable predictions would
represent the end of one of the most basic sciences as we know it.
Similar problems became apparent when I realized the limits that Matrioshka
Brains would be running into and how quickly they would reach them. But
rather than theoretical limits these would be engineering and thought
capacity limits. It doesn't mean that advanced civilizations trip over into
the realm of "its so boring, please put me out of misery" it means that they
spend lots of time creating "unusual" virtual realities or "playing" with
real ones (planets, solar systems, galaxies perhaps).
For us, in the near term, clarity about a wall in physics might allow a
redirection of some of that grey matter to clever genome or nanopart design
(how many universities have Departments in those areas???).
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