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09-28-2016, 08:56 PM
I, and others, have on a regular basis used technological terms to explain reality, words such as VR (virtual reality), AR (augmented reality), code, download, upload, upgrade etc.

A thousand years ago people described their experiences with reality using words that was available to them, words like angel or elves or unicorns. Today we use 2.0 or UI (user interface) to talk philosophically about the world we live in. At least if we are part of that weird group that see reality as a VR world.

In the last few weeks I have been trying to evolve this kind of thinking a bit further, and luckily (as is often the case) the universe kindly sent me several synchronicities my way.

It is pretty simple actually. IMO.

We have to look at reality as an algorithm. I am aware that this could just be another word for code or computer program, but it isn’t.

For example if we want to bake a cake we need to first get ingredients, combine them and then bake them. This would be an algorithm. The ingredients we need to combine are sugar, flour, eggs etc. This is the computer program, and each part of this program are codes. So the sugar is one part of the code. Now the way I try to think of reality (and by reality I mean Nature/Universe, because that is the only current reality that was here pre-human… origin-Reality) is that it is an algorithm (or at least that is how it functions)… basically it is a set of rules that precisely define a sequence of operations.

So yes one could say that reality is made up of code, that reality is a "program"… but what makes it BE what it is… well that is The Algorithm.

So what does this mean?

Well, first I think the limited monkey brain we all posses need simplicity to understand complexity. I am not sure this line of thinking will help anyone else, but personally looking at reality/Nature as an algorithm make a big difference for me in how I should approach it.

As with most things there many examples of this: www.algorithmsinnature.org (www.algorithmsinnature.org)

Recently posted an article HERE (http://forum.alchemyforums.com/showthread.php?4882-The-Anternet) about a study that revealed that the behavior of harvester ants, as they forage for food, mirrors the protocols that control traffic on the Internet. Ok, pretty weird if true… but it goes with my line of thinking. Astronomically things shift according to some sort of algorithm. See THIS (http://forum.alchemyforums.com/showthread.php?4881-72) thread for a bit on this in regards to the precession of equinoxes.

Science has in recent years started working on a lot of algorithms based on Nature, some of these are Artificial Bee Colony Algorithm, the Firefly Algorithm, the Social Spider Algorithm, the Bat Algorithm, the Strawberry Algorithm, the Plant Propagation Algorithm, the Seed Based Plant Propagation Algorithm and many others (Google some and see for yourself).

All I am saying here is nothing new. This is basically what Darwin/Wallace said in regards to evolution. That evolution is a sort of algorithm that in the end achieves an end result. Then there is a larger algorithm that picks up the end result of the first algorithm and continues forward. But one aspect of any algorithm is that it has an end. It is not eternal… even if many of them can take up the relay baton so to speak. But an algorithm can fall into an infinite loop when the continuation condition of the loop never becomes false.

So basically this reality we find ourselves in will be infinite as long as we don’t start to see it for what it is: an algorithm.

Now is that false? Well that depends on your perspective, but if you view it [reality] as true you are probably in an infinite loop. ;)



09-29-2016, 12:50 PM
I guess it can be listed as Requirement -> Process -> Result

But if you use the wrong algorithm you will probably get an undesired result...there lies the catch,
for trying to give reality another name you enter into the world of choice and there is a lot to choose

A saying I like to use a lot is "viva la difference", which I think roughly translates to "long live the difference"

So if we agree that reality is an algorithm, but diffent people choose different algorithms, then can we say that
people live in different realities?

I like the bit about science mimicking nature...it makes sense...nature has had many years of evolution to perfect
its algorithm ;)


09-29-2016, 01:13 PM
but diffent people choose different algorithms

Not really, because Nature uses only one particular algorithm to function. Some call it the Theory of Everything. This "theory" is - if my theory here is true - an algorithm of some sort.

Within this algorithm there is room for the "sprites (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sprite_(computer_graphics))" that inhabit it to experience whatever the algorithm produce in whatever way they experience it... here is the freedom of perception and reality. It is part of the algorithm.

Some can see and do more with reality... some less... the more we advance as a human the more we can manipulate reality bit by bit (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bit). ;)

Still all within the freedom allowed of the algorithm.