‘Our Mathematical Universe,’ by Max Tegmark – NYTimes.com

Posted: February 15, 2014 in cognition/consciousness, Ideas, reality-physics & philosophy
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“Math is so effective in describing the world, he says, because physical reality is a mathematical structure. He calls it the Mathematical Universe Hypothesis (M.U.H.). What exactly this means is a big question, which is never fully answered. Mr. Tegmark’s argument is that all physical properties of an electron, say, can be described mathematically; therefore, to him, an electron is itself a mathematical structure — as is everything else, including us. “You’re a pattern in space-time,” Tegmark says, and he is not just speaking metaphorically. Well, it’s true that the trajectory of a human is a pattern in space-time, but does it mean that a human is this pattern? What accounts for consciousness, for example? “I think that consciousness is the way information feels when being processed in certain complex ways,” Tegmark says.” – Edward Frenkle

via ‘Our Mathematical Universe,’ by Max Tegmark – NYTimes.com.

– Must read this one! It’s a great next step from the “Quantum and the Lotus” and “Meeting the Universe Halfway” – from physics of reality to pure math.


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