Ask A Genius 168 – Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking (Part 3)

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Ask A Genius 168 – Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking (Part 3)

Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner

May 15, 2017

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Rick Rosner: However, I think you were also implying like emergent order.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: The universe has limits in information. The spontaneous symmetry breaking seems to me like a factor to consider in informational limits. If the universe was a perfect sphere, it would have infinite information and time.

Rosner: Not exactly, because what looks like chaos to one observer can actually be encoded information to another observer, I think. If you don’t know the coding, if you don’t know it’s information, then

Jacobsen: An observer can take information in part from one sector of a sphere. Another observer can take information in part from another sector of a sphere.

Rosner: If you don’t know the coding, if you don’t know it’s information, then you can’t see the information. It just looks random.

Jacobsen: Technically, simple finite principles can produce an infinite product, if given infinite time.

Rosner: If you’re adding information…

Jacobsen: …what if the system produces its own information?

Rosner: You can look at the unfolding universe in a couple ways. You’ve got all of this information packed into the early universe, the first moments of the exploding universe, or the Big Bang universe. That information is encoded into the various velocity vectors that produce the kinetic energy that is built into the system that blows everything outward. Super early universe, everything has got a shitload of kinetic energy.

Kinetic energy is like a set of instructions for the universe to expand like crazy. The universe contains its own seeds of space and time, and spatial aggregation, to some extent. Where the small anti-isotropies of the early universe eventually coalesce into galaxies and stuff, on the other hand, the universe adds—the universe as an information processor—information, and that added information adds order to the universe, and helps the universe build itself as it aggregates, and as order emerges.

I think it is a more reasonable point of view.

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Rick Rosner

American Television Writer


Rick Rosner


Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing


In-Sight Publishing


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