EXISTENCE

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Something begins to ‘exist’ whenever Tegmarkian reality gets a chance to bloom/unfold/manifest.

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A quantum system imprints replicas of itself on its environment.

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In quantum Darwinism experiments,

only a few particles/ a single photon serves as the quantum system, with a handful of other photons serving as the “environment” that interacts with it and broadcasts information about it.
Some laser photons combine them into multiply entangled groups. Then  the environment photons are interrogated to see what information they encode about the system photon’s pointer state – its polarization (the orientation of its oscillating electromagnetic fields), one of the quantum properties able to pass through the filter of quantum Darwinian selection.

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Since information saturates soon,
measurements of just one of the environment photons reveal a lot of the available information about the system photon’s polarization, and measuring an increasing fraction of the environment photons provided diminishing returns.

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In quantum Darwinism experiments,even a single photon can act as an environment to initiate decoherence and selection if it interacts strongly enough with the lone system photon. When interactions are weaker, a larger environment must be monitored.
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We get a classically objective “position” of a thing because its position state can imprint many identical replicas in the environment.
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An observer can’t monitor more than a fraction of the environment because the redundancy (repetition of messages to reduce the probability of errors in transmission) of information quickly saturates.
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Moneymaking mindset looks down upon philosophy. But quantum physicists often adopt philosophical interpretations to invent quantum computers or AI.
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According to Zurek’s quantum Darwinism, our concrete reality condenses(or gets transacted?) from the multiple competing options  residing fundamentally in quantum realm ( or in subjectively inaccessible  Tegmarkian objectivity/entity?).

 

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Quantum superposition doesn’t really mean that it is in several states at once; rather, it means that if we make a measurement we will see one of those outcomes. Our familiar existential reality is not objectively independent but  transactional/medium-born/ subjective/in-transit/signal-processed.

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According to Max Tegmark, consciousness  might just be a state of matter, like a solid, a liquid or a gas. Just like  liquids, there might be many types of consciousness.

 

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Each instance of consciousness is a unified and indivisible whole that might  emerge from sophisticated computing materials. As a material state, a computer should be called ‘computronium or a brain ‘perceptronium’. After long Darwinian struggle, a gaseous state of matter (hydrogen)  has evolved into a peceptronium state of matter.

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A conscious system  stores, processes and retrieves  information to memetically build a part of existential reality.

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“Let’s celebrate this existential picnic!”

-Meme Updater (Naba Kumar Garai)

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Any existence is actually a metaphorically projected partial reality.

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A photon is the smallest quantifiable unit of light that stays in a superposition (exists both as a particle and a wave at the same time) before someone measures it to determine a particular alignment.

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Even after determining a particular alignment, the photon still stays in a superposition if the second observer is kept unaware of the first’s measurement. As a result, each observer can get  a different alignment representing different reality.

 

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According to Geoff Jones, photons do not exist.

 

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In double-slit experiment, an electromagnetic field might fill the entire the entire Universe to ‘know’ that there are two slits there. No particle but a disturbance or new  information is transacted in field’s ledger-book. What is ‘detected’ as a photon is the removal of one quantum or packet of energy from the field. Only ‘disturbances in the media’ i.e.  transmissible information give birth to our so-called reality. Recent quantum-Darwinism and Wigner’s friend experiments dismissing any shared objective reality (that can exist on its own) are in line with such ‘media-born/transmitted/selected/ subjective/memetic reality’.

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Our model of reality can easily exclude  photons if we say that energy can only be added to or subtracted from the field in definite units.

 

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Zurek’s quantum Darwinism attempts to explain how quantum possibilities can give rise to objective, classical reality.
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The laws of physics arranged by Isaac Newton and Einstein — according to which objects have well-defined positions and properties at all times – don’t work at atomic, subatomic and sub-sub-atomic(planckian) scales.

 

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At atomic, subatomic and sub-sub-atomic(planckian) scales, classical  concreteness dissolves into a soup of possibilities. An atom has no definite position but the probability of finding it in various places.

 

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In Zurek’s quantum Darwinism, the definite properties(position, speed, spin direction, etc. ) associated with classical physics get naturally selected from a menu of quantum possibilitie(states) since information about robust states get copied,  transmitted and reproduced   fundamentally by  electromagnetic field and apparently  by environmental photons. Since   information about a quantum system gets repeatedly imprinted on our so-called environments, many independent observers agree on a measured value — a hallmark of classicality!

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Electromagnetic field itself is ‘not a thing’ to be seen but medium/wire/default canvas / picture-tube/channel. Changes or distortions on electromagnetic field propagate as signals to make the the world ‘visible’.

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What is most radical about Dawkins’ theory is that it reduces existence to the level of mere media- as if things exist only to  facilitate the replication and passage of information.

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We needed Darwin to show us that life is the gift of mechanical evolution. We needed  Dawkins to tell us that neither individuals nor species but  replicators serve as the hot iron to bear the blind blows  of  evolutionary hammer.

 

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In Dawkins’s theory, very little difference exists between humans and machines, animals and ideologies, insects and internet memes— all are just containers of some replicators.

 

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In Dawkins’s theory, man is just one of many potential host media for transmission and reproduction of “content”.

 

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We are the part of a memetic-wilderness called ‘existence’. Existence is a part of a greater memetic-wilderness called ‘reality’. Reality is a part of a magnificent   remoteness  called  ‘mathelogical  relationship between quantum probabilities/ pointer states.’ If Max Tegmark is right, we are just conscious parts of a huge mathematical structure existing on its own and thereby staying immune to memes.

 

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“Evolutionism is the central, inclusive, organizing outlook of anthropology, comparable in its theoretical power to evolutionism in biology.”
–Marshall Sahlins

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“All life evolves by the differential survival of replicating entities.”
–Richard Dawkins

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The very reality, we belong to and constantly interact with, itself consists of our own memes. The fact is in line with ‘quantummechanically participatory universe’ in which we ourselves build reality with yes-no questions.

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People kept on practicing alchemy until our model of reality included ‘atoms’. When our model of reality included the relational meme E=Mc2,  we couldn’t help splitting atoms to steal its energy. Thus, the very memes we use to describe reality shape our futurity.

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Life is the enterprise to explore the vistas of  existence (something projected but still embedded in abstract reality).

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Life is a small  part of existence. Existence itself  is just a small part of reality. Reality itself might just be a part of quantum probabilistic  landscape extended infinitely. The landscape , if Max Tegmark is right, is an eternal mathematical structure existing on its own.

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‘Not how the world is, is the mystical, but that it is.’

-Wittgenstein

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“Not why the world and life exist, is  alarmingly arousing, but that both exist at all instead of nothingness. Isn’t it crazy to take such items ( unavailable even in Amazon or Flip kart) for granted?”

-Meme Updater

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“What is wild cannot be bought or sold, borrowed or copied. It is. Unmistakeable, unforgettable, unshamable, elemental as earth and ice, water, fire and air, a quintessence, pure spirit, resolving into no constituents.”
-Jay Griffiths
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There’s no better enjoyment than existence itself.

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“Existence is the juiciest fruit with the hardest rind. Knowledge is the sharpest knife to peel it.”

-Meme Updater( wondernpeculate.org)

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“The deep heart of existence beat forever like a boy’s.”
-ALFRED TENNYSON
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“Almost nothing material is needed for a happy life, for he who has understood existence.”

– Marcus Aurelius

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Existence is a signal or inhomogeneity in some homogenous medium.

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The interface between existence and non-existence is either like a virtual particle, or like a probability wave.
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Nothing actually “exists.”

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“Existence ” is really a shorthand we use for a pattern that interests us or a pattern we’ve evolved to be sensitive to.

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The boundary between existence and non-existence is simply a construct of the mind, not of nature.

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Boundary conditions violate a theory of everything.

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“Existence is illusory and it is eternal.”

-Albert Camus

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“This heart within me I can feel, and I judge that it exists. This world I can touch, and I likewise judge that it exists. There ends all my knowledge, and the rest is construction. For if I try to seize this self of which I feel sure, if I try to define and to summarize it, it is nothing but water slipping through my fingers. I can sketch one by one all the aspects it is able to assume, all those likewise that have been attributed to it, this upbringing, this origin, this ardor or these silences, this nobility or this vileness. But aspects cannot be added up.”

-Albert Camus

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“Creating is living doubly. The groping, anxious quest of a Proust, his meticulous collecting of flowers, of wallpapers, and of anxieties, signifies nothing else.”
-Albert Camus

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We are imprisoned in the dark den of existence. Speculations are the breaches to peep at REALITY.


“Someday surely we will see the principle underlying existence as so simple, so beautiful, so compelling that we will all say to each other, ‘How could we all have been so stupid for so long?’”

  • John Wheeler

We still haven’t been omniscient. Our existence is still a mystery to us. We are still too childish to make any existential comment.


Everything is a kind of existential observatory.


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Who will wonder about the wonderful mystery we are part of , if not our kids?

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We need imaginary models to explain the mystery we are part of. Without such imaginary models we can’t touch or tackle or tame or even talk about this mystery. Today’s contradictory models are actually different facets of future’s wider models.
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Existence is a dark den. Assumptions are the breaches to peep through. Standard model is the most practical  assumption hitherto.
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Reality is stranger than fiction. Cutting edge scientific ansatzs are queerer than our weirdest fairy tales and can boost our kids’ imaginative power.
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“THERE ARE ONLY TWO WAYS TO LIVE YOUR LIFE. ONE IS AS THOUGH NOTHING IS A MIRACLE. THE OTHER IS AS THOUGH EVERYTHING IS A MIRACLE.” – ALBERT EINSTEIN ………………………………………… “BELIEVING AS I DO THAT MAN IN THE DISTANT FUTURE WILL BE A FAR MORE PERFECT CREATURE THAN HE NOW IS, IT IS AN INTOLERABLE THOUGHT THAT HE AND ALL OTHER SENTIENT BEINGS ARE DOOMED TO COMPLETE ANNIHILATION AFTER SUCH LONG-CONTINUED SLOW PROGRESS. WHAT CAN WE DO? WHAT IF WE CHALLENGE THE ASSUMPTION OF INTELLIGENCE HAVING NO INFLUENCE ON THE FUTURE? WHAT IF LIFE AND INTELLIGENCE COULD HAVE INFLUENCE ON THE FUTURE OF THE COSMOS?” -DARWIN’S REACTION TO THE HEAT DEATH OF THE UNIVERSE.

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