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Certainly quantum mechanics tells us reality is all complex numbers in the inner workings...
Heater. wrote: »
But I don't believe anyone has ever seen a number out there in the wild. Never mind a complex number.
These are all constructs of the mind. Not reality.
What is reality, but the world as we see it in our minds?
What it says is that before the emergence of my consciousness nothing existed!
Or it says things only take form once a consciousness perceives them...
Or, put another way, the world is what our perception makes of it.
I perceive these mathematical constructs as real as anything I can see around me.
The theoretical models are as real as the sub-atomic particles, and vice-versa.
Heater. wrote: »
Is a theoretical model that matches experimental results more "real" than one that does not?
That information fact is interesting! To me, that makes some basic, intuitive sense. The volume of something isn't connected to anything but itself. What is information without comms? The surface is the boundary, and that's where the comms happen.
Anyway, it does make some sense to me. A brick has one surface area, a sponge has a much larger area. Seems to me the required information is much greater in the case of the sponge.
You could also increase the complexity of your sponge...
...it takes very considerably more information to represent a sponge than it does a brick.
The more we can compute, the better our computations can model and predict outcomes too. We are probably going to find out, or have for all I know, there is some law or other constraining computation and energy and area such that perfection is impossible. It's all just probability and energy and time.
Seeing them as both periodic and as spirals is useful to me.