Information Theory – Going too far?

SpiralOut (@spiralout1) 9 years, 8 months ago

I finished reading a book called “Decoding the Universe” and it was about the new theory of information. Despite different languages, symbols, sounds, visuals, we’re all transmitting information. 1’s and 0’s are the most fundamental form of that information. But even 1’s and 0’s are just a physical depiction of the information. Basically the theory of information is almost the theory of everything. If you get into detail, it actually unites relativity and quantum mechanics (which don’t get a long very well) and makes the two make sense together. It seems that information theory may be the answer for understanding the fundamental order of the universe.

But sometimes I feel decoding the universe in such a way is dangerous. By completely understanding who we are, we may lose all human intuition, and drift away from this comforting reality.


May 15, 2012 at 12:04 am
Aaron (11) (@easydiesy) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

I feel, that if the scientists are successful in their pursuit for a “Theory of Everything” it will still not be able to encapsulation the entirety of human consciousness, or even any level of consciousness. It is not a deterministic quality as akin to other qualities like gravity or electrodynamics. The process by which consciousness arises will be discovered, but the process will also be non-computeable so mathematics will not be able to replicate the consciousness of any one individual. So no matter how much we find out about how the human mind works we will still have an identity as our self. We are not bound to the confines of a single equation.

As for human intuition, if we where able to understand the universe in its entirety how could one not be compelled to use this information and engineer all sorts of gimmicks and gadgets that would hopefully benefit man-kind. We could even potentially manipulate the laws of physics so we could travel the universe, achieving the dream of our ancestors whom so long ago stared into the night sky and wished to travel the stars. How could the ultimate knowledge on how the universe operates not compel us to use it for adventure. Our forefathers would pimpslap us if we figured out the mechanics of the universe and said to ourselves “well, that’s that I guess”

Sean LeBlanc (76) (@bongodeburrito) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

But can said scientists dance? I think not.

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