Philosophy of Science
Baudrillard’s concept of hyperreality/3rd order simulation masking non-existence of original, is given an interpretation in physics as approximations of non-existing exact solutions.
The soul as a simulation ofthe body gives the soul-body dualism a new perspective.
Equipping a robot with computational software simulating itself gives the robot a form of soul, if not emotions.
The dynamics of physical systems can be described as forms of analog computation, which can simulated by digital computation, or the other way around.
We suggest a resolution of Zeno’s 2500 year old paradox about the impossibility of material particle motion, based on viewing particle motion as ultimately resulting from immaterial wave motion, which is possible.
The motion of a slinky suggests a resolution of Zeno’s Arrow Paradox as a combination of compression-release and switch of stability, where the the slinky appears as a soliton wave, which itself generates the medium through which it propagates.
We let cartoons display the truth about scientists and science.
We show that the mathematical theory of a scientific discipline consists of a specific differential equation together with analytic solutions and symbolic/numerical techniques for solution. We show that the meaning of equality sign in a equation needs to be made precise in each specific case. In particular, it is necessary to make a distinction between equality as identity/assignment/definition and equality in the sense of balance modulo a small residual.
We present a case study of how Wikipedia controls knowledge in the same way as the Inquisition did in the 17th century.
In the two main scientific fights of the 20th century on the foundations of mathematics and physics, the scientific losers effectively won by politically taking over the academic departments. However, science can be expected to win over politics in the long run.
Wittgenstein’s Tractatus can be read as handbook in simulation technology.
We show that modern theoretical physics is based on assumptions concerning entities which cannot be observed in direct experiments, such as quanta of energy , photons, quarks, black holes, strings…We discuss the potential danger of getting lost using such logic.
Arts and Music We show connections between modern physics, arts and music all expressing aspects of collapse of classical values of logic and structure.
We comment on a lecture by Zizek on the duality of real – virtual or body – soul.