Born To Do Math 197: The Statistical Arguments for Existence, Spacetime, and Agency

In-Sight Publishing

November 16, 2020

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Rick Rosner: So, the deal is: For the statistical arguments, I agree with you that. I think those can be made based on if you have a moment, then you’ve got a set of most likely next moments and then that ranges from most likely to least likely.

The most likely next moments have roughly, almost exactly, the same information content as the moment you’re starting. Those next possible moments of the universe. They’re very similar to the previous moment. But there is an overall, maybe, a probability.

There is certainly one around the null universe. The next possible moment is likely to be not known. Because if you look at the set of all possible next moments, because we’re assuming there is only one known universe and there is a range of next possible moments that have a little room.

So, the bias is moving towards the more information, especially in super low information universes, but still in the big universe.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: If we want to add a hint or a really tiny sense of quantum mechanics into this, the only example, we have conscious agents in the universe or at the macro scale. So, there will be a directionality to time as well.

So, and even if someone says, “Well, what about a reverse universe or the backwards will seem as if forwards in that reverse universe, but it still has a direction in either case?” So, the arrow of time at a macro scale is there.

So, you have existence. You have time. You have directionality of time. You have agency. I think those are statistical arguments as well. That there is a persistence there. The fact that things are relatively the same from moment to moment and that permits a process like evolution.

That permits existence to continue existing. Like what you argue, in terms of a bias towards order rather than disorder, it’s not to say there is no disorder. There are things that are indelible to some order, but there is a bias or a tendency, statistically speaking, towards these things, including order. So, that’s the facts.

Rosner: So, if you look at it like a triangle with the null universe at the apex of the time, and then the number of possible states with increasing information, the more information you have for any given amount of information, you have a number of possible states that have that much information and the more information, the more possible states.

So, starting with the zero information, the next moment you could move to there is a bias to move to increasing information with the next move and that bias continues to exist. To get to the triangle as you move towards the base, an expanding base like a pyramid of the next level.

The next floor, as you move now is going to have more space than the floor above. So, if you’re moving at random in the pyramid, in a state of more information because there are more states off of your state that have more information as opposed to less.

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Rick Rosner

American Television Writer


(Updated July 25, 2019)

*High range testing (HRT) should be taken with honest skepticism grounded in the limited empirical development of the field at present, even in spite of honest and sincere efforts. If a higher general intelligence score, then the greater the variability in, and margin of error in, the general intelligence scores because of the greater rarity in the population.*

According to some semi-reputable sources gathered in a listing hereRick G. Rosner may have among America’s, North America’s, and the world’s highest measured IQs at or above 190 (S.D. 15)/196 (S.D. 16) based on several high range test performances created by Christopher HardingJason BettsPaul Cooijmans, and Ronald Hoeflin. He earned 12 years of college credit in less than a year and graduated with the equivalent of 8 majors. He has received 8 Writers Guild Awards and Emmy nominations, and was titled 2013 North American Genius of the Year by The World Genius Directory with the main “Genius” listing here.

He has written for Remote ControlCrank YankersThe Man ShowThe EmmysThe Grammys, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. He worked as a bouncer, a nude art model, a roller-skating waiter, and a stripper. In a television commercialDomino’s Pizza named him the “World’s Smartest Man.” The commercial was taken off the air after Subway sandwiches issued a cease-and-desist. He was named “Best Bouncer” in the Denver Area, Colorado, by Westwood Magazine.

Rosner spent much of the late Disco Era as an undercover high school student. In addition, he spent 25 years as a bar bouncer and American fake ID-catcher, and 25+ years as a stripper, and nearly 30 years as a writer for more than 2,500 hours of network television. Errol Morris featured Rosner in the interview series entitled First Person, where some of this history was covered by Morris. He came in second, or lost, on Jeopardy!, sued Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? over a flawed question and lost the lawsuit. He won one game and lost one game on Are You Smarter Than a Drunk Person? (He was drunk). Finally, he spent 37+ years working on a time-invariant variation of the Big Bang Theory.

Currently, Rosner sits tweeting in a bathrobe (winter) or a towel (summer). He lives in Los AngelesCalifornia with his wife, dog, and goldfish. He and his wife have a daughter. You can send him money or questions at LanceVersusRick@Gmail.Com, or a direct message via Twitter, or find him on LinkedIn, or see him on YouTube.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Founder, In-Sight Publishing


In-Sight Publishing

Scott Douglas Jacobsen is the Founder of In-Sight Publishing and Editor-in-Chief of In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal (ISSN 2369-6885). Jacobsen works for science and human rights, especially women’s and children’s rights. He considers the modern scientific and technological world the foundation for the provision of the basics of human life throughout the world and the advancement of human rights as the universal movement among peoples everywhere.


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