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TOPIC: Digital vs. Analog Reality: An Alien Perspective by Tom Chesters [refresh]
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Author Tom Chesters wrote on Feb. 14, 2011 @ 12:40 GMT
Essay Abstract

The following speculative essay is based on, but differs substantially from, an imaginary “theory of reality” that was briefly considered in my 2000 science fiction novel, The OverFile. The overall view of the essay regards relativistic spacetime reality as being subsistent within a dynamic, supersensible digital matrix that is thought to naturally appear within an otherwise static, analog void reality. The term digital matrix, as used in the essay, is generally understood to be a ubiquitous geometrical vibrational system within which, as which, and through the action of which, spatiotemporal reality originates, takes form, further develops, and is therein sustained while it persists via regeneratively interactional pre-quantal and quantal vibrational processes. The essay suggests that the appearance of either analog or digital results to specific experiments occurs because this deeper causal nature of the underlying void reality prompts these confusing results. Again, the essay speculates that spacetime reality is being everywhere effected into a sustained, regenerative quantum pattern system of subsistence within an intrinsically vibrant, geometric matrix format that is innate within the ultimate nature of the infinite, eternal void. And that, accordingly, our observing minds within this fundamental, regeneratively interactional quantum reality are equivalently, subsistently sustained as virtual radial fields of awareness via further regenerative procedural systems within our respective bodies and brains. Thus, the essay will also provide a brief theoretical account of the operative nature of the brain as a digital submatrix to our virtual mindfields to account for observers within the context of the void digital matrix system. This speculative account of an analog void reality and its digital matrices does not appear to conflict with any known experimental observations. Thus, however outwardly alien in perspective, the views given are ostensibly consistent with current experimental findings.

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Tom Chesters is a science fiction writer and an inventor with numerous patents.

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Peter Jackson wrote on Mar. 8, 2011 @ 19:05 GMT
Tom

Wow. Interesting, unique, quite different. I can't understand why no-one else has commented. I suppose as it's a bit tempero-cosmological, though I did very much like your supersensible 'digital matrix'. But I must say I did feel I'd got lost on the odd occasion!

I don't know what you'd make of mine, which is a bit more bricks and mortar rebuilding physics more logically. It's quite different but consistent with a few other good ones (see the strings). I suspect you may have the required visualisation skills. There's also a link to a more cosmological conclusions paper which you may enjoy.

Best wishes.

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Tom Chesters replied on Apr. 25, 2011 @ 23:00 GMT
Sorry I am so late in responding to you, Peter. I’ve been focusing on a new patent (www.jixis.com/RAF.htm). I tried locating your essay and could not locate it using variations of Peter Jackson as a search phrase. Please send me the link at jixis@aol.com. Also, Thank you for your kind words!

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Paul Halpern wrote on Mar. 11, 2011 @ 03:25 GMT
Tom,

Interesting to speculate about the nature of the void. Understanding the vacuum is one of the profound challenges of modern science.

Best wishes,

Paul

Paul Halpern, The Discreet Charm of the Discrete

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Tom Chesters replied on Apr. 25, 2011 @ 23:36 GMT
Dear Professor Paul Halpern,

When if one day we ever come to understand the true nature of the void, I doubt that I will have played any role whatever in that knowledge. Nonetheless, I also think it is interesting to speculate about the ultimate nature of the void. Your holonistic version of reality sounds promising and may very well be true.

Best regards,

Tom Chesters

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