Ask A Genius 487 – Decoupling (1)

In-Sight Publishing

Ask A Genius 487 – Decoupling (1)

December 28, 2018

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What else follows from structure and information?

Rick Rosner: Some information is encoded non-locally, not the same way exactly. In holograms, information is not entirely locally distributed. You get information from the whole of the hologram.

If you cut a hologram in 2, you do not have half of a photograph. You have a whole photograph but just more blurry. If the information is not fixed and localized in the structure that we live in, then there is a chance that material events that we experience do not correspond to the changes in the information structure of the universe.

That there is a decoupling. We have always assumed that the information-processing entity isn’t necessarily, and probably isn’t, aware of what is happening to the material manifestations of its information.

In other words, it doesn’t know. This entity doesn’t have any awareness, except the supposition of what is going on with the matter that is the material manifestation of the information in its, say, awareness.

But we had assumed that the material events that happened in the universe – all the way down to the micro level – reflect micro changes in the information processing changes in the thought – to think sloppily – of the information processing structure.

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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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