Ask A Genius 174 – The ‘Real World’ (Part 4)

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Ask A Genius 174 – The ‘Real World’ (Part 4)

Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner

May 21, 2017

[Beginning of recorded material]

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: There’s also the mapping onto the universe. Standard set theory, which underlies various fundamental fields, is static. it describes single states. So if you describe the universe with only a single state, then you don’t have the tools to accurately describe the universe. But if you were to make…

Rick Rosner: …Instead of tools, let’s try to visualize what is going on. Under IC, we claim the universe is an informational map representing or modeling something beyond the universe. Analogously to how in each of our heads, we have a mental model of the world around us.

The world around you. There is what you know and what you don’t know. What you don’t know can take a bunch of forms, your mental state can mean one thing, but it can reflect a gazillion possible realities.

Where you don’t know what is going on in China, you don’t know if your girlfriend got drunk and kissed a dude last weekend. You don’t know if your dog has kidney stones. You only know what you know.

There is this whole set of possibilities beyond the boundary of what is known. That exists as potential flavors that are embedded in the uncertainty of what you know because your model is your best attempt to reflect what is going on now and what will happen.

As time unfolds, you can imagine in a multi-worlds kind of model that your different or nebulous knowledge. You incomplete knowledge of the world will play out in a gazillion ways.

That your future reality can split into 10^1,000th different paths over time. So your model reality reflects a zillion different flavors that that reality could come to be painted based on how the information you don’t know beyond what you do know plays out or comes into your awareness.

So one mental model can represent not different futures, but actually presents, at 10^1,000th of them. Each future is a present having its information play out. Even if you were waiting for the future to see the presents play out or the splits, your present that your model represents could take 10^500th models because you have incomplete knowledge.

That incomplete knowledge encompasses a huge number of possible preferences.

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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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