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“Confessions” Book VII – Chapters 11 – 21

Plotinus with his disciples. Looks like an early Christian relief doesn't it?

Plotinus with his disciples.

 

We will finish Book VIIChapters: 11 – 21 for this week.

Please read an outline of Neoplatonic philosophy here and some of the videos here on the impact of neoplatonic thought on Augustine.

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What is Reality? Information Continuity, Real Numbers, Quantum Mechanics – an interview with Gregory Chaitin on “Closer to Truth”

 

What is the fundamental nature of reality?

A leading theory these days among physicists and mathematicians is that true reality consists of information or “bits” – that it might be digital, consisting of 0s and 1s, as Gregory Chaitin, mathematician at IBM, states here.

Matter may just be an epiphenomenon of the universe as it processes information like a computer.

Very Platonic…

 

When Chaitin mentions “God” here, I don’t think he’s referring to the Judeo-Christian concept/understanding of God, but more of the Spinozian understanding of God as a great (or ultimate) organizing principle or logic that orders the universe – the same concept of God that Albert Einstein had – rather than a personal supreme deity.


In a nutshell, is the universe, or reality for that matter, really Mind, information, computation? 

Are we living inside a computer simulation right now for that matter (i.e. like the “Matrix”) as some philosophers and even scientists believe in?

Hmmm….