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#601 2021-07-10 07:47:27

johnraff
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Re: What are you reading right now?

^good to exchange points of view on this stuff (or anything).

Just having to put thoughts in writing makes you organize them a bit. Sometimes you can think you have a policy/understanding/attitude/grasp of something but don't really know what it is till you have to explain it to someone else.

Anyway, if I "understand" anything Carlo Rovelli says I'll report back. smile


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#602 2021-07-10 09:03:10

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Re: What are you reading right now?

^I can easily contradict myself in two sentences...., debate is indeed neat and puts at least some of the pieces on the table (not sure if they are in the proper order).

I think I will try 'The Cellular Automaton Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics' by Gerard ’t Hooft next, will also report if it makes any sense to this observer. Big pdf https://arxiv.org/pdf/1405.1548.pdf

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#603 2021-07-10 14:07:42

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Re: What are you reading right now?

brontosaurusrex wrote:

Also we can probably answer questions like
How does the Thermos know whether to keep things hot or cold?

The Thermos slows the normal rate of entropy, and the anthropomorphic 'knowing' of which way the energy transfer is going does not exist; or have I completely missed the point? Interesting conversation way over my head, thanks.

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#604 2021-07-10 15:32:04

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Re: What are you reading right now?

^I guess point can be easily missed, but it supposed to be a joke on intelligent/observer. Now we have the entropy! I have big hopes for this thread.

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#605 2021-07-23 11:06:16

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Re: What are you reading right now?

johnraff wrote:

Carbon chauvinism.

I like that.
Cutting across all that philosophical skullf*ckery (no disrespect to your discussion, and I very much agree with the points made, it just makes my brain hurt): it's very difficult to find true aliens in science fiction.
Try Lem's Eden or Solaris.


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#606 2021-09-21 06:54:03

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Hooft book way over my head (have not finished it), I liked the idea that 'free will' can always be hacked in easily (If I got that right).

Finished 'The Testaments (Margaret Atwood - 2019)' over the weekend, it is about cosy life in Gilead and stuff like that (story takes place a decade or so after the The Handmaid's Tale).

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