I find that people who think that the world and consciousness just emerged out of an accident don't realize what that means. It shows a lot of ignorance.
First of all, nothing in your body, not even the strands of your hair is random. Each was caused by some genetic programming, the food you eat, your state of health etc.
The reality is the ecosystem is not random as well. All aspects of nature is linked to each other like some kind of perfect masterpiece.
The world was shaped by cosmic conditions as well. They didn't just accidentally form randomly and we got lucky. It is part of a cosmic system that repeats in various levels of reality.
The idea that we randomly emerged from space with no rhyme nor reason is actually unsubstantiated. Everything about the universe and the earth as well as us seems to be following a kind of system.
To believe that we emerged out of this orderly system without any cause,no primary force is like thinking we magically appeared from thin air. Like "poof!"
here we are abracadabra!
ive got to say that I, for one believe completely the views that you are expressimg although i have viewed your feed and i have to say that I, for one see you as an intolerable human being, and ill tell you for why! all your blogs and forums are about depressing and sad topics which are misleading and uninformative! Sam Birch Out! X
This might be better suited for the Religion forum as it appears to be based on beliefs.
This shoud be in a religious forum if you're going to make an irreducable complexity argument, this hypothesis was disproven years ago - look it up.
Although I had an experience of it on my way to work this morning; I saw a car with the registration plate "G427 EDY". Imagine that, of all the cars in the world, I happened to see that one - one in a billion surely?
Love it! even more amazing is I actually saw one that had a completely different set of numbers at the same time. Coincidence? I think not...
what was disproven? Oh...you mean the Intelligent Design thing. I wasn't talking about it. Things are caused by things. They don't just RANDOMLY happen. Now is there a mind that is arranging everything, I don't know. I just know NOTHING is random. It's all probabilities but definitely everything is caused by something, like a chain of events.
If you think your beliefs are random, you're wrong. They were shaped by your experiences. They were sculpted not only by your choices but also the mentors that you've had. It is not random that you believe in randomness. People who believe in randomness need to few lessons on modern-day physics and causality.
Then who are you saying believes in randomness and what's your point? I don't know of anybody who believes that things are just here because of random chance.
I thought you were going to give the irreducible complexity argument about all things have to stem from a creator because of how complex they are. I'm glad that's not what you're saying.
Causality is key to any of the natural sciences, particularly physics.
There are people here who like to use science but then believe that includes that life just Randomly appeared, like poof! Life! what a happy accident. earth is here. wow...magic oh look what a coincidence. Earth. Earth is a product of a pattern that can be observed in varying scales in the arrow of time.
Oh right, apologies for initially biting your head off, I thought you were a devil-dodger who was about to tell me that it was all because of some higher purpose...
Unlike you, I know what the topic is. I don't mix god mythology with physics. oh right, that's because you can't tell them apart. You actually inspired this post. You think you're talking science but you really are battling a shadow with your sword. Goodluck with that. you're the one causing the shadow mister, turn on more lights or don't be in the middle of the wall of the light. Then you'll see that the shadow is just the shadow of not having too many lights on up there.
Numbers generated by algorithm are not random as they follow set of procedures for finding the finite number. Randomness is just concept for the things which don't appear in order.
true, it appears random until you observe the pattern. the pattern usually reveals itself in varying scales of time or measure as in the case of the grain forming a shape if a cone.
But algorithms can use things like thermal noise (thought but not proven to be random) as input.
Noise. it is only noise if it is irrelevant to the data being measured. It depends on what you are measuring. What is noise to one scientist is valuable to the next.
You do know that in the olden days of genetics, they used to throw out the membrane thinking they are not relevant to genetic studies. Yes, now they know that a cell CAN survive without genes but can't without membranes. What is junk to one scientist is the holy grail of another. Point being, noise is relative to what is being observed.
Cecilia, your ability to willfully ignore science always astounds me. I suggest you read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Random_number_generation
Ignore science? read what you posted:
A random number generator (often abbreviated as RNG) is a computational or physical device designed to generate a sequence of numbers or symbols that lack any pattern, i.e. appear random.
you however do not read current science:
"After looking very deeply at Ramsey Theory and Frank Ramsey's life work I have come to the conclusion that randomness does not exist for systems having an order of complexity greater than R4."
http://www.bestthinking.com/articles/so … ess-exist-
Nicely stated Cecilia. Skyfire's two cents is just as insightful.
I like it. I think I'll stick around and observe for a while.
In fact, we don't know if our physics is random or deterministic.
Speculations abound, but until we have a full understanding of physics, either one is possible. I would say that the weight of evidence does seem to be leaning toward randomness at the particle level.
So, as usual, you are at odds with current scientific understanding.
No, I do know for a fact that the CURRENT scientific direction since the 1980s is that NOISE is actually a fractal of the larger context. They repeat constantly but in larger scales. Randomness is no longer the trend. That's only for scientists who have no working theory.
"For centuries, fractal-like irregular shapes were considered beyond the boundaries of mathematical understanding. Now, mathematicians have finally begun mapping this uncharted territory. Their remarkable findings are deepening our understanding of nature and stimulating a new wave of scientific, medical, and artistic innovation stretching from the ecology of the rain forest to fashion design."
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/physics/hu … nsion.html
There is even biological mathematics where you could either get lost in the deepening of the complexity or observe pattern. Either way, you face is a fractal of a pattern set by your genes. It is not random that is arranged that way.
For anyone interested in fractals and regular roughness, this is a beautiful talk by Benoit Mandelbrot (the so-called godfather of fractals). Recently deceased, actually. He's essentially presenting theory that he worked on from the 80s, but recorded last year.
http://www.ted.com/talks/benoit_mandelb … hness.html
We aren't talking about genes or fractals.
All that I disagree with is your certainty. We don't know what drives particle physics, so the apparent randomness could be deterministic, of course. Either way, it is interesting.
I am and you are not.
Fractal geometry includes physics. The illusion is it is random, because we have not observed a pattern. After all particles are only particles because we measured them as such, but in truth they are not units but paths of energy, of force. So the measurement is the problem, not the pattern. The pattern already exists. pull space push. - 0 +. It exists in galaxy and black hole pairings. It exists between man and woman. It exists in the solar system as the sun and jupiter. It exists in particles. fractals. repeating patterns that is the underlying cause of the order of the universe.
It is no longer about whether is it random or not. But how to find the pattern, how to measure it.
I liked the man and woman part. It makes me go all gooey inside.
what is content for most people is word salad to you.
It only took a half dozen posts before you turned to fractals. A new record!
whatever I say has research backing me up. not just some delusional claims of randomness and wow happy accident we are alive.
Oh, absolutely. I can hardly count the things I have learned for you, like there is no such thing as an integer, that myths create reality and now that science has proven a deterministic universe.
I'll be watching all your posts closely to learn more important things.
Of course I have to do that: it is predestined.
turn on more lights in the room upstairs PC,
an integer is a mathematic symbol for an abstract. the integer is a unit of measurement to count apples, speed, time, neurons, lights on, lights off. it is not ONE THING. But ofcourse for you an integer is this thing you can touch confusing absolute value with absolute things.
and myths are really part of of evolution as a species.
And also the fact that there is an underlying order to chaos does not mean it is deterministic, but quantum. do you know what that means? DO YOU?
it operates on probabilities and the probabilities are chosen by what? DO YOU KNOW? Do you know what quantum means?
Protecting your world view of randomness only keeps in you the dark. there is no direction towards an understanding. That is not science, that is cluelessness.
Yes, Cecilia, I do know what quantum means. Of course I and everybody else is surely wrong and I breathlessly await your truth.
Does it have something to do with myths or the hidden values between integers? Do tell us!
No you don't. It's just like me saying I know how to cook a rabbit. I can claim it, but then I have no evidence. None whatsoever. No links, no sources, no citations. Just words like gobledegook, nonsense, and more demonstrations of idontknowisms.
(hidden values? seriously, reconsider reading again)
I'm awaiting your teachings, Cecilia. Just as I mistakenly thought that 0 and 1 could be integers and equally erroneously thought that reality wasn't formed by myths, I am waiting to have my false learning wiped out by the true facts from you.
I am the grasshopper, Master.
I'm having lunch. Is there anyone here with more obsolete arguments? no one other than PC? ok, bye.
"Yet another view is that numbers are just abstractions from physical magnitudes. John points out that different units lead to assignment of different numbers to the same measurement. Rosen argues that it is doubtful to think that numbers are part of the real world. There are infinitely many numbers but there isn't an infinite amount of any quantity in the real world."
"My claim is that number is very much like color. Because we live in a world full of discrete and movable objects, it is very useful for us to be able to extract number. This can help us to track predators or to select the best foraging grounds, to mention only very obvious examples. This is why evolution has endowed our brains and those of many animal species with simple numerical mechanisms. In animals, these mechanisms are very limited, as we shall see below: they are approximate, their representation becomes coarser for increasingly large numbers, and they involve only the simplest arithmetic operations (addition and subtraction). We, humans, have also had the remarkable good fortune to develop abilities for language and for symbolic notation. This has enabled us to develop exact mental representations for large numbers, as well as algorithms for precise calculations. I believe that mathematics, or at least arithmetic and number theory, is a pyramid of increasingly more abstract mental constructions based solely on (1) our ability for symbolic notation, and (2) our nonverbal ability to represent and understand numerical quantities."
http://www.mathematik.uni-kl.de/~wwwfkt … HAENE.html
go ahead. tell me again that numbers 0 and 1 are absolute.
No, no. I USED to think that integers and logical 0 or logical one were real, but thanks to you, I now know that they do not exist at all.
It's also a great comfort to know that Pan and the other gods are still running around somewhere because myths create reality.
I can't remember what other amazing but true things I have learned from you, but this latest one makes me understand that it was predetermined that I would learn.
What you haven't explained yet is whether it was Star Goat or Zeus who laid it all out to begin with.
yes and gods can be disproven using nand gates, if we don't measure what sentience is, because we have. goodluck.
Oh, thank you: I forgot about sentient rocks and stuff. Another mind awakening moment I owe to you.
oh that's better than I can prove gods don't exist if we assume that all parameters like sentience, data storage and even encoding are known and especially known by you. ANd it is not a fallacy because we are not measuring sentience or defining them.
like you are right because you say so. thats what it means.
Of course. That is why I have abandoned my previous position. I am now almost a believer.
My only problem is that you have left me in limbo with this "myths create reality" stuff. Is it Zeus I am supposed to worship or Thor? What about Star Goat - I don't think you have made that clear.
As soon as you straighten me out, I'll proceed as indicated. Will I need an altar? They frown on open fires in this community; I'm not sure about slitting throats and stuff. I do hope its not Quetzalcoatl - I really don't think they'll let me do human sacrifice.
i have already given you the citations, PC. but then what did you say "i read fools"...sure. tell that to Oxford and MIT that their deans are fools.
Which ones were they, Cecilia? The ones who said zero doesn't exist or the ones that said consciousness is a "mystery"?
Or is it some one who says that myths create reality?
It's so hard to keep track when you impart so much amazing knowledge at once!
But, now that I know that it was all predetermined, I see that it had to be. It is your place to teach us lesser beings, so please continue.
Zeus or Thor or.. ?
yes the ones who write textbooks for mathematicians, metapsychology and cosmology.
chaisson, jung, kaplan, dawkins, penrose etc.
as for zues and thor, when there is a lightniing storm, walk on a puddle and see if you don't start believing in these powers.
you want to worship lightning bolts, that's your prerogative. call them Zues, if you want. just don't peddle your fallacies in a forum.
you really need to understand metaphor. my daughter who has aspergers gets it. she's six. you can too.
Oh, it's all metaphor?
You didn't say that. So, I need to INTERPRET what you say?
That's hard, because I don't have the benefits of your intelligence.
So, what does "Thee is no such thing as zero" really mean?
How about that word salad you tossed out earlier. Was that metaphor?
no, it means that zero is not an absolute thing. it is a beginning of measurement of value, of units. if it is zero, then it doesn't signify that nothing exists before that, only that the thing being measured cannot be measured beyond 1.
if that still is not clear after I have boringly repeated myself, then i suggest you buy the book and make kaplan rich.
I love it.
How many elephants in your sink again, Cecilia?
and you don't need to interpret what i say because i am already interpreting the metaphors for you. but then, you are once again talking of gods in the subject that is not religion, being absolutely consistent in your behavior as an atheist.
you cannot seem to comprehend genre. in 1st grade, you will get a B, in genre comprehension. B for beginning. Mind you my 6 year old got an S, which means, she is secure in the knowledge of fiction from non-fiction.
I didn't have to explain to her that zero=infinity, she figured it out for herself,or that negative numbers get smaller in value as they move farther away from zero.
she also said, mom, I think G-d is not a person, it's a symbol for everything, even beyond infinity. (she got that from the beginning and the end, and she knows that numbers begin and end with 0=infinitity) She has asperger's. she's 6. she got it. some people still don't and they no longer have an excuse.
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