SMBC: What if the universe is made of math?

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Originally posted on SelfAwarePatterns:

I loved this SMBC.  It echoes something I’ve observed before, that some physicists have disdain for philosophy, while often engaging in it themselves.

Hovertext: “Philosophy is dumb, unless it comes out of the mouth of a physicist.”

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via Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

I’ve discussed the question before on this blog on whether the universe is mathematics, mathematics is the universe, or some weird combination.  Personally, I’ve gradually become more convinced that the foundations of mathematics and logic are empirical, that they are our most fundamental theories about how the universe works.  This isn’t completely intuitive because we are born with some logic and quantity cognitive pre-wiring, giving the illusion, perhaps, that it comes from somewhere else.

One consequence of seeing math and logic as theories, is that they are subject to revision, something many will find intolerable.  Still, arguably quantum…

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Sorry, I Have Ebola

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Originally posted on Problems With Infinity:

Life with crippling social anxiety can get… complicated.

The internal battle between rejecting all social contact to maintain my sanity, and giving other’s the illusion of normalcy is forever ongoing.

Take dinner parties for example…

MONDAY

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I’m constantly agreeing to things to appear normal, only to regret my momentary lapse in self-awareness seconds later.

TUESDAY

I stay in denial of the upcoming event as long as I possibly can, doing my best to stretch out my alone time with video games, waffles, and fantasy novels.

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WEDNESDAY

The closer it gets to the date of the event though, the more ridiculous my ideas for getting out of this social contract become…

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THURSDAY

But if I’m caught off guard, I can’t always follow through with my lies… errrr I mean totally reasonable excuses.

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THE DAY OF RECKONING OR THE DARKEST DAY

7 pm

Please, please, please let there be some kind of natural disaster!  Tornado…

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‘The Martian': Robinson Crusoe meets Apollo 13

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Originally posted on SelfAwarePatterns:

TheMartianCoverI recently read Andy Weir’s novel: ‘The Martian‘.  Weir’s book is a self publishing success story.  An admitted life long geek, he enjoyed thoroughly researching how a mission to Mars might work and what might go wrong with it.  He originally published the book, in serialized form, on his web site.  In response to reader requests, he put it in a Kindle book on Amazon.

It was so popular he was offered a deal with a traditional publisher and a movie deal, almost simultaneously.  The version I read was a Kindle book published by Broadway Books.  The film, which is directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Matt Damon, will be coming out in October.

I could write a few paragraphs describing the basic premise of the story, but I think it will be easier to just call your attention to the movie trailer.  It does a pretty good job at…

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