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Our Mathematical Universe by Max Tegmark

“You are out of your mind! Your great learning is driving you insane.”

Don’t read this book unless you’re prepared to be challenged by what initially may sound like the ravings of a crazy person.

At times, I had a great deal of difficulty following the author’s line of reasoning.

And I ended up really enjoying the journey.

For a brief overview of Tegmark’s four-level taxonomy of potential universe and multiverse configurations, check out this link here.

In short, his thesis is that the ultimate structure of the universe is purely discrete and mathematical. This radical line of reasoning eliminates many kinds of paradoxes, such as the Measurement Problem.

Does anyone else find it curious that the kind of infinity described by the real numbers between zero and one (the continuum)  is bigger than the infinity which describes counting by ones forever (aleph-null infinity)?

According to Tegmark, the continuum is not a real mathematical structure at all, but just an imaginary human construct.

If the continuum is an illusion, then Kurt Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem breaks down as well. Mathematics again becomes able to describe all True and False statements within complex logical systems.

Yeah.

If you find this review intriguing, then I highly recommend that you get this book and read it at least twice.

Otherwise, back away slowly. Then turn and RUN!

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Psalm 23

(A psalm by David.)

You, Lord, are my shepherd.
    I will never be in need.
    You let me rest in fields
    of green grass.
You lead me to streams
of peaceful water,
    and you refresh my life.

You are true to your name,
    and you lead me
    along the right paths.
I may walk through valleys
as dark as death,
    but I won’t be afraid.
You are with me,
    and your shepherd’s rod
    makes me feel safe.

You treat me to a feast,
    while my enemies watch.
You honor me as your guest,
    and you fill my cup
    until it overflows.
Your kindness and love
will always be with me
    each day of my life,
    and I will live forever
    in your house, Lord (CEV).

Categories: david, psalm
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