Re: Minds, Machines, and the Multiverse

From: Ruthanna R Gordon (
Date: Thu May 04 2000 - 02:05:08 MDT

On Wed, 3 May 2000, Matt Gingell wrote:

> > > Imagine I could simulate, in real time, a system of 100 atoms using 50
> > > atoms. I can then have two groups of 50 running in real time with perfect
> >
> >Of course, you can't do that. Also, you don't mention which modelling
> >paradigm you're contemplating, say QM or MD.
> Exactly - it's like thinking you could emulate a P2 on a P2 and end up with
> something faster. The implication therefore is that you can't model the whole
> universe in anything smaller than the whole universe, which is why I don't
> understand why someone would claim you could simulate everything with a star.
> Given the constraint of perfect fidelity (if indeed that means anything), then
> which paradigm you work in is just a bookkeeping issue.

I had presumed he meant the whole universe minus the simulation star. Of
course, that would be only half the information in the universe being

Ruthanna Gordon

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