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Mathematical Hells

An Aspiring Rationalist's Ramble

[Warning: Memetic hazard and philosophical trip. Also, probably incorrect. Talks about death and torture and robots.]

The universe is probably infinite, flat, uniform, and ergodic. This means not only that there are an infinity of copies of the Earth, all of them identical, all of them containing “a you” that’s reading this post written by “a me.” In fact, all possible distributions of matter happen somewhere an infinity of times.

The Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics is probably correct. That means everything that “can happen” will, in “some universe.” This means all possible distributions of matter happen everywhere.

There’s a reasonable chance the process that spawned our universe was some form of Eternal or Chaotic Inflation, in which there’s a huge “field” whose local fluctuations spawn universes. In fact, due to the above, it’s likely that our universe repeats an infinite number of times.

It’s fun to think about the possibility that…

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Be F***ing Nice To People

New Book by Bob Tisdale: On Global Warming and the Illusion of Control – Part 1

Watts Up With That?

Guest Post by Bob Tisdale

I’ve been mentioning my new book in blog posts and comments for well over a year. I’ve finished Part 1, which makes up the majority of it. The best news: IT’S FREE. Click here for a copy (25 MB .pdf).
Cover - Tisdale - On Global Warming and the Illusion of Control

On Global Warming and the Illusion of Control – Part 1 includes introductory discussions of 3 primary topics:

  • the science behind the groupthink of human-induced global warming and climate change,
  • climate models, and
  • even more importantly, many of the numerous known modes of natural variability.

Those fundamental presentations are in layperson terms, with links to more-detailed discussions and peer-reviewed papers.

When you first download the ebook, you’ll note it’s over 700 pages long. Some of you are going to say to yourselves, I’ll never read a 700-page book about global warming and climate change. I’m not expecting that everyone will. The next thing you…

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