Really it is quite curious…

The universe sings, observes some thing residing on the outside. From a vantage point beyond both space and time, it is an understatement to say the universe appears deterministic. There is no cause and effect from this view, only a single relic with unimaginable beauty and complexity. The minds of animals mimic the happenings of the universe, in memory and foresight, and herein the universe replicates itself like a fugue. The theme of one particularly successful fugue is heard for hundreds of years, from the occasional street musician to the department store radio. The universe favors this fugue.

What happens in choice, when alternate outcomes are considered, one is preferred, and then acted out? The universe has encoded itself within itself, in a simplified model which informs events yet to occur. Equipped only with the knowledge of Newtonian mechanics some observer concludes that a car, headed south along highway 81 en route to Asheville, NC, will collide with a tree in approximately 12.03 seconds. Another observer skilled in the art of brain-state reading concludes that the tree will be avoided as the curve in the highway is followed, and that in approximately 6 hours the driver of the car will meet his son in a restaurant, eat and pay the bill. How mysterious is it that the universe encodes past and future in simplified models contained in mind?

One Response to Really it is quite curious…

  1. bunnylover says:

    Does the presence of intelligent beings really add to the mysteriousness here?

    Suppose there is a pre-historic volcano which regularly has massive eruptions in the time before any life exists on Earth. Suppose further there is some terrain feature near the volcano, some metal outcropping or something in some peculiar shape, which will remain solid when covered in lava, and to which the resulting rock will not stick. The outcropping serves as a mold which shapes the cast (lava), so the shape of the rock that will exist there in the future is encoded in the outcropping. The universe encodes the future in an (arguably) simplified form.

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