We live at the bottom of an infinite mystery. This mountain only gets wider as one climbs it.
Reality appears endless in all directions, with ever grander patterns and size scales (not to mention endless potential suffering and horror).
Anyone hoping to create permanent digital minds should think about what could go wrong. We know already that the initial pattern of any software can survive
Is it possible to add up all the unknowns, and find some universal organizing principle behind all reality? That’s the hardest question.
I would guess everything cancels out exactly. Instead of God, there is only meaningless elaboration.
But proving that the sum of everything adds up to nothing is not as trivial as it seems. Even atheism tends to avoid the zero-sum conclusion. They still believe in some permanent meaning, perhaps the intrinsic value of awareness.
Minds do appear to exist to defy universal meaninglessness.
I’m not that great at higher mathematics, and this is hyper-transcendental meta-math: the sum of all sums. So, do I feel confident enough to make such a bold
speculation for the world to read (or at least my countless blog visitors)?
Sure, why not. At this point, the biggest questions are actually the least important ones. We can’t even really ask them yet. They’re not as critical as those tacked-on charges on last month’s phone bill, or that chunking sound in my transmission.
Or, as one of my commenters once wrote, the universe is a gigantic clue to we don’t know what. That could change rather suddenly, though.