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Jason Cawley
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Fredkin article on finite nature hypothesis

Ed Fredkin has written an article recently called "Five big questions with pretty simple answers" in an IBM journal that I thought might well be of interest to forum members.

Abstract: Under the roof of one controversial assumption about physics, we discuss five big questions that can be addressed using concepts from a modern understanding of digital informational processes. The assumption is called finite nature. The digital mechanics model is obtained by applying the assumption to physics. The questions are as follows: 1. What is the origin of spin? 2. Why are there symmetries and CPT (charge conjugation, parity, and time reversal)? 3. What is the origin of length? 4. What does a process model of motion tell us? 5. Can the finite nature assumption account for the efficacy of quantum mechanics? Digital mechanics predicts that for every continuous symmetry of physics there will be some microscopic process that violates that symmetry. We are, therefore, able to suggest experimental tests of the finite nature hypothesis. Finally, we explain why experimental evidence for such violations might be elusive and hard to recognize.

You can find the pdf of the paper here -

http://www.research.ibm.com/journal/rd/481/fredkin.pdf

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