What triggers new universes
- Can someone please explain what types of events cause new universes to be
created? If I am out to dinner and there are 20 items on the menu, do we end
up with 20 universes based on such a mundane decision of what I order? What
if there are five people in my party? Will every combination (20 items taken
5 at a time) be represented in new universes? This seems a bit extravagant!
- There is also the singular phenomenon called "neuroplasticity" which means the brain can change its own constitution when and as it needs to. Not sure whether NP exists in creatures other than mammals, but monkeys and humans definitely have it. It's taking a while, but people are starting to wake up to the significance of this. Perhaps induction need not be as slow as all that. Perhaps the real challenge is to educate people with the concept of neuroplasticity in mind; of the brain's specific capability of producing what would appear to be almost Lamarckian adaptations to reality; of the brain's ability to above all LEARN and to do that, it has to be able to change itself continually. What else does that?
On 25/08/2011, at 11:48 PM, John Clark wrote:
> The Scientific Method is much less error prone than induction but
> unfortunately it is also much slower and MUCH more difficult to implement;
> for science you need a very recent invention, you need a brain and a good
> one that has been properly educated, while insects have been successfully
> performing induction for many hundreds of millions of years. Neither the
> Scientific Method nor explanations in general made any impact whatsoever on
> this planet in its entire 4.5 billion year history until just a few thousand
> years ago. In fact, unless ET exists (and if he does its very mysterious why
> that fact isn't obvious) then explanations and the Scientific Method made no
> impact on this universe in its 13.7 billion year history until very very
> recently; and yet complex and interesting things, like life and eventually
> brains, got built.
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