Lee Cronin and Joscha Bach debated the following question on Clubhouse recently: “Did the universe invent computation or vice versa?

Is the universe a computer simulation?

The gist of the debate is that Lee sees computation as an invention of the universe, for example by way of biological life that created brains and minds which created digital computing machines. Joscha proposes that the universe may, itself, be a computer, for example in the way that John Conway’s Game of Life cellular automaton turns out to be a Turing Complete computer and on top of which can be built other computing machines including the Game of Life…

Paul King

data scientist. theoretical neuroscientist. social technologist. consciousness theorizer. “top writer” in neuroscience on Quora (60k followers).

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