Forgive me but I cannot grasp the context of this thread
what is "REG data collection?"
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From: "Michael Wiik" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "extropians" <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, September 21, 2001 1:06 PM
Subject: Re: WTC event as a precipitating factor in anomalous REG data
> "Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > Damien, have you ever heard the saying, "If you torture the data enough,
> > it will confess?" This looks to me remarkably like the analysis of
> > allegedly significant events in the so-called "Bible Code".
> Perhaps part of this is due to their interpretation involving a 'global
> consciousness'. I haven't looked at their data enough to even begin to
> form any coherent ideas, but I found it interesting that the subsequent
> 'period of silence' seemed to decrease the randomness of the EGG data
> (if I am interpreting that correctly).
> One alternative to the 'global consciousness' idea might be that we are
> living in a computer simulation, or maybe cellular automaton, and more
> so, a hash CA in which lookup tables are used to skip intermediate steps
> between slices of 'reality' (or whatever). The 911 events stirred up the
> pot so to speak, reducing the efficiency of the lookups and requiring
> more generation by generation computing, while the 'period of silence'
> enabled more efficiency in the lookups since a significant number of
> people weren't doing anything. I realize this is not how CA's work and I
> am totally lacking in the math skills to either explain what I mean or
> interpret the data. Nonetheless even this sketchy hand-waving
> incorporates the 'period of silence' EGG effects better than their
> global consciousness theory.
> Perhaps we could test this theory by placing large nuclear bombs
> throughout the world and set them to be set off on some random trigger.
> They would need to be in cities where they would be 'noticed' by
> sentient beings. We might also use such opportunities to have teams of
> observers stand by who would be instructed to *not* be distracted by the
> subsequent tragic events, instead they would concentrate on other areas
> of reality and see if any anomalies occur as computational resources are
> diverted to simulate the multitude of disruptions when one of these
> bombs go off. Sounds a bit drastic though.
> This might also explain the Fermi paradox: if we are not alone in this
> universe I might expect to see similar EGG activity from time to time as
> world-changing events take place on other planets. Then again I haven't
> yet looked at their location-by-location results.
> Michael Wiik
> Messagenet Communications Research
> Washington DC Area Internet and WWW Consultants
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