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TOPIC: Is Reality Digital or Analog? by Jeremy Horne [refresh]
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Author Jeremy Horne wrote on Feb. 8, 2011 @ 10:13 GMT
Essay Abstract

Reality is presented to us both in a digital and analog manner, the first as evidenced by the findings about the nature of space and sub-atomic entities, and the latter by the uncertainties at the quantum level. It is not sufficient to regard reality, our universe, simply as both but dialectically, one in terms of the other. The most fundamental law of understanding is that we apprehend something in terms of what it is not. We need contradiction to discern anything. Our understanding is process based and has deep historical roots extending back more than 4500 years. In modern times, scientists have relied upon Cartesian reductionism to discern the nature of our world, but deduction also is inherently dialectic, relying upon induction for its integrity. Logic, itself, is the language of innate order in the universe, but its digital aspect is bi-valency that describes what digital physicists have found to be the case in our reality. Evidence is in the form of how the syntax of the binary system and relationships within it reflect what happens here. Such has major implications for us in the form of inherent computations, phenomena as illusions, and complexity arising from simplicity.

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Graduating from University of Florida in 1998 with a degree in philosophy, concentrating in logic, Horne has presented throughout the world the view that logic is the language of innate order in the universe. Currently, he is president-elect of the Southwest Area Regional Meeting (SWARM) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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Jeremy Horne wrote on Feb. 12, 2011 @ 20:29 GMT
In the last few days I have been researching further Leibniz's work on the binary system and his cosmology. Not discussing him in my essay was an omission, but not critical to the thrust of my argument. In particular, it is interesting to note his " Explication de l'Arithmétique Binaire", as well as his correspondence with R.P. Bouvet in China regarding the 4000-year old king Fuxi and his writings as precursors of the I Ching, book of changes.

It is fitting to quote George Ross on Leibniz and his cosmology:

"The fourth version (account of creation)is more Pythagorean than Platonic. It is first found in the De organo sive arte magna cogitandi of about 1679 (C 429–432); but it seems to have dropped out of sight until a whole series of writings on binary arithmetic, beginning with the Mira numerorum omnium expressio per 1 et 0 of 1696 (Zacher 1973: 225–228). Here Leibniz equates God or being with the unit of binary arithmetic, and nothingness or pure matter with zero. The created universe consists in a set of binary numbers, which include zeros as well as units, i.e. which fall short of divine perfection through the admixture of not-being with pure being.[LEIBNIZ AND THE ORIGIN OF THINGS - http://www.philosophy.leeds.ac.uk/GMR/articles/adam.html]"

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Peter Jackson wrote on Mar. 11, 2011 @ 21:19 GMT
Jeremy

Great essay, where is everyone round here?

I've found logic far more effective than maths, and effective at finding the limitations of maths. I agree with most of what you say, and well written too. Worth a top mark.

I think and hope you'll enjoy reading mine;http://fqxi.org/community/forum/topic/803

It actually derives a logical solution to unification via dynamic conceptualisation, consistent with Edwins top essay, Regazas maths, and others hopefully all also worth your reading and points. Please do give me your views on mine if you get to read it in time.

Many thanks

Best wishes

Peter

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Anonymous wrote on Mar. 17, 2011 @ 22:37 GMT
Thanks, Peter, for your most kind remarks on my essay.

Many persons are not comfortable with philosophy, preferring mechanics. Philosophers often are regarded merely as speculators, and perhaps this is a factor in the low ratings.

There was an error in omitting Leibniz, but this did not affect the central theme. For a number of decades I have been on a quest to find how reality does express itself, and it was serendipitous how I stumbled across FQXI. The essay represents an intense effort on my part but is only the tip of the iceberg of what I have been working on for all these years, some of which can be found at home.earthlink.net/~jhorne18. The IIIS (www.iiis.org) has accepted my latest on a 3-D hypercube which is a fundamental building block of binary space. The push is on, as I consider in the entomological sense - Latin: ligare - to cohere, or bind - logic as my religion.

When I wind down from my latest submission I will read your work which appears very intriguing.

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