Re: poly: Infinite calculations in an open universe?

From: Anders Sandberg <>
Date: Tue Dec 09 1997 - 13:06:08 PST

"Perry E. Metzger" <> writes:

> Am I the only person around here who feels like they aren't at all
> sure they believe the "infinite amounts of computation lets you
> simulate everything" notion? The reasoning feels as specious as Zeno's
> paradox in a lot of ways to me.

This depends on if you believe in the Church-Turing thesis (everything
calculable can be calculated on a Turing machine) and the
calculability of the universe. If you accept them, then everything can
be simulated (and even better, emulated). If you don't, then things
get trickier.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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Received on Tue Dec 9 20:58:22 1997

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