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Have I found a paradox, or is the universe digital? Or am I just plain wrong?

We run into essentially the same problem almost any time we try to combine the real numbers as described by mathematics with probability theory. When applying probability theory to something like a ...
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Is entropy physical or idealistic?

to complete RodolfoAP's answer with a simple image of what entropy is that might resolve the confusion of OP. Entropy is not about "order" or "chaos", those terms are just used by ...
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Have I found a paradox, or is the universe digital? Or am I just plain wrong?

Zeno's Paradox is not a paradox. It is an attack on loose thinking. By emphasising the infinite nature of one thing, and not mentioning the infinite nature of another, it confuses people into thinking ...
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Have I found a paradox, or is the universe digital? Or am I just plain wrong?

The problem is that probability 0 does not mean 'impossible'. If you have someone flip coins forever, what is the probability that he will never encounter a head? Well, it's zero. But it's possible! ...
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Do distinctions and concepts exist?

Concepts are relations between two or more phenomena. Distinctions are discrete concepts whose function is to classify. Concepts and language are very closely related. I discuss this in my post on the ...
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Do distinctions and concepts exist?

What you are asking about is the place of abstract objects in our universe. There are basically three approaches to abstract objects: Nominalism holds that abstractions are invented by us. This is ...
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Can the idea of continuity make sense in the real world?

This is actually an open question in physics - it's currently unclear if physics requires any kind of spatial infinite continuum, or if all of spacetime may be discrete. Physicists take both ...
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If the Universe(s) didn't exist, Would all maths still exist?

Mathematics is a study. That requires an agent. From Wikipedia on Mathematics: Mathematics (from Greek μάθημα máthēma, "knowledge, study, learning") is the study of such topics as quantity, ...
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Is entropy physical or idealistic?

Arguably everything that's "physical" but not "fundamental" can be argued to be idealistic. If heat doesn't exist then neither do chairs - they are both measures of groups of ...
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Is it possible that I'm "God" or a special being/deity?

"Possible" really depends on what you have accepted as true Solipsism: Assuming you're the only perceiving being and everyone else is a figment of your imagination, your subconscious keeping you ...
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Why is 2+2=4 a necessary truth?

The issue is complex and any "significant" answer is hardly reducible to the Yes/No pattern. In modern mathematics, 2+2=4 is a theorem of arithmetic provable from Peano axioms. In a nutshell, ...
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Theory of everything and God

Theory of Everything does not explain everything The Theory of Everything is a hypothesized way of describing all four of the fundamentals forces within one theory. Today only three of those fit ...
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If we did have a proven 'Theory of Everything' from physics, would it help to know why there is a universe?

If we had a correct theory of literally everything then yes it would by definition explain the origin of the universe, consciousness, and every other problem. However, the term Theory of Everything ...
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Does the law of large numbers explain why quantum mechanics leads to statistical regularities?

The “law of large numbers is a theorem that describes the result of performing the same experiment a large number of times. According to the law, the average of the results obtained from a large ...
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Have I found a paradox, or is the universe digital? Or am I just plain wrong?

What you describe is a fundamental aspect of probability distributions (in Mathematics), i.e. the probability of each point tends to zero, which is why probabilities are calculated on intervals or ...
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Intuitively, why are Universal Statements true in the Empty Universe?

Think of ∀xP(x) as an implicit conditional: ∀x(xϵU → P(x)), where U is the universe. In an empty universe the antecedent is always false, hence the conditional is vacuously true. In contrast, ∃xP(x) ...
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Have I found a paradox, or is the universe digital? Or am I just plain wrong?

The problem is that all positions on the table have the same probability. That means the probability for the ashtray to hit any position on the table is zero. Not quite. The probability for the ...
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What's the role of "idealistic" philosophies of well-regarded scientists?

I will present a possible explanation for why the fiercest defenders of natural sciences often ended up with the most idealistic metaphysics in the history of the philosophy of science: Science is ...
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Has the universe no identity?

There's a distinction dating from Frege (or earlier, perhaps the Stoics or Aristotle) between identity and individuation. There is no way of individuating the universe (taken as a whole of reality) ...
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Pandeism vs. Atheism vs. Darwinism: Do they achieve the same result?

Using the links provided by the OP, there are differences in concepts and results between pandeism and atheism. For pandeism, the Wikipedia link states: Pandeism ... holds that the creator deity ...
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Deterministic or stochastic universe?

This is an important question, and one that to answer, one must dig into some of the subtleties of physics. The most common answer one will find is that we thought our universe was deterministic under ...
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Something vs Nothing. Reality of 0?

Contrary as it seems from grammar "nothing" is not a noun. Instead, the word is used to negate sentences: Nothing moves quicker than light = There is not anything, that moves quicker than ...
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How come when theories of concepts are made, there is never an agnostic point of accepting that there may be things we will never know?

I think what you mean is that there is a difference between how we perceive reality and how it actually is. The most important and unbreachable dividing line is in your head. There are also dividing ...
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Why is science about the origin of the universe seen as equally reliable as other sciences?

The well-known, well-tested and well-understood laws of physics can be used to take the universe in its present state and answer the question: what did the universe have to have looked like 1 million, ...
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Why does the world exist, as opposed to nothingness, from Indian perspective?

India has many religions and all of them have different theories. Hindus , Muslims , Christians , Sikhs , Jains , Parsis , Buddhists etc and even among them are difference of opinions. It is nearly ...
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Is there a philosophical doctrine that suggests that the soul endlessly travels between living organisms without being tied to space-time?

There are multiple branches within the New Age movement that assume that time is not real. This is an extension of Idealism thinking, where the presumption is that the mental world is what is real, ...
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Is there a philosophical doctrine that suggests that the soul endlessly travels between living organisms without being tied to space-time?

According to Wikipedia, this philosophy is called Open individualism – apparently named by Daniel Kolak, who claims that the idea dates back to the Bronze Age.
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Does the law of large numbers explain why quantum mechanics leads to statistical regularities?

Reality comes first, models after The Law Of Large Numbers does not dictate anything. As with any other model of reality, it simply fits observations of reality. The Law Of Large Numbers was chosen to ...
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Is entropy physical or idealistic?

There are many misconceptions about entropy. Direct answer to the main question: thermodynamic quantities are essentially macrostates, or ideals, which are the counterpart of microstates, or what is ...
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