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It From Bit or Bit From It
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Lachlan Cresswell: on 5/19/20 at 7:01am UTC, wrote Short and to the point! I cover similar ground in my essay, so its good to...

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CATEGORY: Undecidability, Uncomputability, and Unpredictability Essay Contest (2019-2020) [back]
TOPIC: THE PATTERN OF CRACKS IS UNPREDICTABLE, BUT NOT TO CRACK IS DECIDABLE by michael kowalczyk [refresh]
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Author michael kowalczyk wrote on Mar. 24, 2020 @ 15:40 GMT
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There are two forces acting in the Universe 1. The laws of physics 2. the free will of conscious being. This leads to the following conclusion: Once a pot is cracked is cracked, but it is the decision of a conscious being whether to crack it or not.

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basudeba mishra wrote on Mar. 31, 2020 @ 15:20 GMT
Dear Sir,

You have raised the age old debate over determinism (laws of physics – as you call it) and freewill. Much has been written about it. But still the debate continues.

A prediction is a statement about the future based upon past experience, which follow the laws of physics, and knowledge derived from such experience. Hence something is predictable, if 1) we have similar...

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George Gantz wrote on May. 5, 2020 @ 17:49 GMT
Michael - a delightful, if short essay. I'd love to see you carry the pot analogy a bit further. I do think some cracks are predictable - and can think of some cracks (and crack-pots!) I would love to take a hammer to...

To add something to the pot, I will give your score a boost, and I recommend these verses from the Rubaiyat:

LXXXIII. Shapes of all Sorts and Sizes, great and small,

That stood along the floor and by the wall;

And some loquacious Vessels were; and some

Listen'd perhaps, but never talk'd at all.

LXXXIV. Said one among them--"Surely not in vain

My substance of the common Earth was ta'en

And to this Figure molded, to be broke,

Or trampled back to shapeless Earth again."

LXXXV. Then said a Second--"Ne'er a peevish Boy

Would break the Bowl from which he drank in joy;

And He that with his hand the Vessel made

Will surely not in after Wrath destroy."

LXXXVI. After a momentary silence spake

Some Vessel of a more ungainly Make;

"They sneer at me for leaning all awry:

What! did the Hand then of the Potter shake?"

LXXXVII. Whereat some one of the loquacious Lot--

I think a Sufi pipkin--waxing hot--

"All this of Pot and Potter--Tell me then,

Who is the Potter, pray, and who the Pot?"

Sincerely - George Gantz: The Door That Has No Key: https://fqxi.org/community/forum/topic/3494

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Peter Jackson wrote on May. 17, 2020 @ 19:41 GMT
Michael,

Short but sweet. And a nice unarguable argument, right on topic (many aren't, so that must be worth better than 2.5!). Humans are fickle!

My argument says we'll also all crack the pot differently!

Best

Peter

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Lachlan Cresswell wrote on May. 19, 2020 @ 07:01 GMT
Short and to the point!

I cover similar ground in my essay, so its good to find a like minded essayist. My late vote will help you over the 2.5 hurdle.

Check out my essay if you have time!

Best wishes

Lockie Cresswell

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