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UPDATE: “Confessions” – Book V: Chapters 1 – 7

 

"Augustine Arguing with Faustus in the Presence of their Pupils"

“Augustin Contre Faustus (Augustine Arguing with Faustus in the Presence of their Pupils)”, Bibliotheque Municipale, Avranches, France. The Ms 90 St. (c. 12th century).

 

Last night we went over our essays on Book V: Chapters 1 – 7 which you will find here.  In these chapters, Augustine spends most of his time remembering his encounter with the preeminent Manichean scholar Faustus of Mileve and how it was through that meeting with him that eventually lead him away from Manichaeism.

 

We had an interesting discussion on the education (or lack of) in higher degrees for people in church leadership.  We also discussed whether or not animals or creation in general can worship God, how science and religion could be reconciled, and how science can expose errors in theology.

 

I also came across an interesting article in The Wall Street Journal on a new book about St. Augustine by Robin Lane Fox titled Augustine: Conversions to Confessions that you can check out here.

 

 

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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….