The Tao of It and Bit

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The Tao of It and Bit

Ovidiu Cristinel Stoica


Quote:The main mystery of quantum mechanics is contained in Wheeler's delayed choice experiment, which shows that the past is determined by our choice of what quantum property to observe. This gives the observer a participatory role in deciding the past history of the universe. Wheeler extended this participatory role to the emergence of the physical laws ("law without law"). Since what we know about the universe comes in yes/no answers to our interrogations, this led him to the idea of "it from bit" (which includes the participatory role of the observer as a key component).

The yes/no answers to our observations ("bit") should always be compatible with the existence of at least a possible reality - a global solution ("it") of the Schrodinger equation. I argue that there is in fact an interplay between "it" and "bit". The requirement of global consistency leads to apparently acausal and nonlocal behavior, explaining the weirdness of quantum phenomena.

As an interpretation of Wheeler's "it from bit" and "law without law", I discuss the possibility that the universe is mathematical, and that there is a "mother of all possible worlds" - named the "Axiom Zero".
'Historically, we may regard materialism as a system of dogma set up to combat orthodox dogma...Accordingly we find that, as ancient orthodoxies disintegrate, materialism more and more gives way to scepticism.'

- Bertrand Russell



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