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Is there a way to prove we live in a universe of infinite or finite “things”?

Sometimes I wonder if science has limits. On one hand; logically no; there will always be something that we don’t understand and when we create new things it leads to other new things. On the other ...
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AI paradox in DKIW hierarchy [closed]

You can check this link for basic info. (Note: 'data', 'information', 'knowledge' and 'widsom' words will be mention as shortened with first letters in this question.) In summary: D is the basis of W....
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Why is equality not considered the fundamental unit / principle in nature?

(I don't know how to ask this other than by laying out my worldview. Needless to say, this is here to be dissected and disemboweled. I realize the broad sweeps will irk people. I hope that by ...
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What is computation?

The most common definitions of computation I have seen are in terms of "what Turing Machines, Lambda Calculus, etc. do," which is unsatisfying. The definition of computable functions does ...
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The symbol grounding problem, physicalism and 2nd law of thermodynamics?

How does a physicalist resolve this dilemma (and what is it known as)? Consider a physicalist who wants to solve the symbol grounding problem. He postulates that a particular brain configuration ...
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The mechanistic view, information and thermodynamics?

Consider the following fictional dialogue between a someone A, who holds the view the universe is mechanistic and someone B, who doesn't. A: Everything that exists in the world is purely physical. B: ...
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When I present information (to myself or others), e.g. by making a statement, is this accompanied by another statement, that what I said is true?

When I make a first-order claim like, "The sky is cloudy right now," is this claim implicitly accompanied by a second-order claim like, "What I just said is true/not a lie"? Or ...
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Devising mathematical or quantitative theories of meaning

Around 1948, the mathematician and electrical engineer Claude E. Shannon presented work that would eventually lead to information theory. A mathematical theory based on uncertainty and probability, ...
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Scrutiny on the definition of the Turing Machine?

Wiki states: A Turing machine is a mathematical model of computation describing an abstract machine that manipulates symbols on a strip of tape according to a table of rules. Has this intuitive ...
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What is the philosopher's take on information and thermodynamic entropy?

So there are various interpretations of probability. Frequentism is the likelihood of events of say for example if I roll a dice the likelihood of of getting a 5 is 1/6 if repeated over and over. ...
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Information(matter or energy)

What is information? Is information matter or energy or neither but how can neither be possible. If we assume it to be either matter or energy then it must be following the laws of conservation. If ...
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Is Avatar Sexuality Likely to Persist in the Event of a Digitalised 'Humanity'? [closed]

The biological sexual act is vital to current human experience; it is one of our most powerful motivators and vital to the perpetuation of the species. Humans do not require a present physical partner ...
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Can the brain be considered an analog computer?

Some people consider the brain a computer. Like brain philosopher D. Hofstadter. In a public talk he gave he tried to do anything to show that. Including tackling opponents. But he couldn't convince (...
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What is information?

I am fascinated with information theory, as put together by Claude Shannon in the 1940s. It is amazing to me that this concept arose from analysing letters in the alphabet and then was later ...
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