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1Arten60
Juil 28, 2009, 11:14am

Who is the programmer?

Physicist and consciousness researcher, Thomas Campbell, Discusses the nature of reality in terms of consciousness -- this video logically and scientifically explains the normal and the paranormal, mind and matter, physics and metaphysics, philosophy and theology.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akgCb85PG-A

You can find the book that started it all off on here!

http://www.librarything.com/work/199042/reviews

2omaca
Août 31, 2009, 11:31pm

Interestingly, or perhaps not, the possibility that all life (or at least our consciousness) is only part of a giant simulation is part of the prevalent religion in one of Iain M Banks's recent novels, The Algebraist.

I won't bother mentioning the Matrix films. Silly movies.

3gregstevenstx
Sep 1, 2009, 2:38pm

Why can't I find a biography, with institutional affiliations, for this guy?

I want to know what kind of physics research he does, or has done. Or what his degree is in. Or... really, anything about him other than the fact that he's written some popular-press books about metaphysics.

4Arten60
Sep 16, 2009, 4:14pm

If you are talkning about Campbell he worked for the American Defence department. Here is the link to his website and you can chat to him via there:

http://www.my-big-toe.com/phpBB34/index.php

5gregstevenstx
Sep 16, 2009, 4:19pm

I don't really want to chat with him. I want to see his c.v.

The only thing that I can find on the web is: 1) promotion for his book, 2) special talks he's done on the topic of consciousness, and 3) a few off-hand remarks stating that he is a physicist... but nothing more.

Where did he get his physics ph.d.? What was his research specialty? What papers has he published in the field of physics? How much peer-reviewed work has he published? Has he written anything other than those books he's always promoting? And so on.

6amy173
Sep 16, 2009, 4:20pm

You are all characters in a novel I'm writing.

7gregstevenstx
Sep 16, 2009, 4:21pm

I just want to know what actor will play me in the movie version.

8Arten60
Sep 16, 2009, 4:31pm

5 you can find out all about him and even what his peers say about him on his website.

9gregstevenstx
Sep 16, 2009, 4:36pm

8: I looked on his website. I couldn't see his cv.

Can you link me directly to his cv, please?

10amy173
Sep 16, 2009, 6:54pm

Really this whole 'simulation' idea is just a modern version of the Christain 'predestination'. We like to imagine that we're dandelion seeds bobbing on the winds of fate.

11PortiaLong
Modifié : Sep 16, 2009, 8:26pm

>9 gregstevenstx:

I couldn't find it on his website but a google search got me:

http://www.meetup.com/londonspirituality/calendar/6876981/?eventId=6876981&a...

The relevant bit:
Tom Campbell graduated in 1966 with honours and majors in both Mathematics and Physics. A master's degree in Physics was granted by Purdue University in 1968 after which PhD work commenced at the University of Virginia. Tom's specialisation was in experimental nuclear physics and his thesis explored excited states of the NA21 nucleus. He now works part-time as a consultant for NASA within the Aries I program (follow-on to the Shuttle) assessing and solving problems of risk and vulnerability to insure mission and crew survivability and success.


Additional info in this blurb:
http://www.monroeinstitute.org/journal/campbell-to-deliver-keynote-address/
reveals the Bachelors in Math and Physics were from Bethany College.

12PortiaLong
Modifié : Sep 16, 2009, 8:40pm

Also found this Am Jrnl of Physics reference to ? a edu film he may have edited in 1976 ?:
http://scitation.aip.org/getabs/servlet/GetabsServlet?prog=normal&id=AJPIAS0...

13gregstevenstx
Sep 16, 2009, 8:40pm

#10: unless the simulation is stochastic. Then the results aren't predetermined. ;-)

14guido47
Sep 18, 2009, 1:49am

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15guido47
Sep 18, 2009, 1:52am

Sorry, got my negatives confused :-(

16Arten60
Oct 27, 2009, 7:48am

This link takes you to the slides that Tom Campbell used in his London talk earlier this month:

http://www.mybigtoe.com/LondonIIWorkshopSlides.pdf

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in our philosophy.
William Shakespeare

17Jesse_wiedinmyer
Oct 27, 2009, 9:05am

What would we be simulating?

18Amtep
Oct 27, 2009, 11:26am

Galaxy formation.

The problem is, every time they run it, life emerges somewhere and in a couple of billion years it starts rearranging the stars to suit itself.

It's really annoying.

19Arten60
Oct 27, 2009, 4:06pm

Message 17 The Universe, Life, Everything.

20Jesse_wiedinmyer
Oct 27, 2009, 4:19pm

If we're simulating everything, then we're not simulating.

21drneutron
Oct 27, 2009, 8:08pm

Actually, I simulate working on a regular basis.

22Arten60
Oct 28, 2009, 8:15am

20 Ok The Universe, Life, Nothing!

23Carnophile
Modifié : Août 2, 2010, 4:14pm

How to Live in a Simulation, by the ever-fascinating Robin Hanson.

24ms529212
Août 9, 2010, 3:52pm

Wow, this is an old thread. #6, if you're still out there, can you have me win the lottery?

25Jesse_wiedinmyer
Août 9, 2010, 4:20pm

if you're still out there

I'm not sure whether calling other posters insane is within the TOS, but I think you might have gotten away with it here by using the conditional tense.

26yapete
Modifié : Août 9, 2010, 4:36pm

Tom Campbell graduated in 1966 with honours and majors in both Mathematics and Physics. A master's degree in Physics was granted by Purdue University in 1968 after which PhD work commenced at the University of Virginia. Tom's specialisation was in experimental nuclear physics and his thesis explored excited states of the NA21 nucleus.

Well. We let a few slip through here and there... Sorry about that.

But physics really is no qualification for metaphysics. Of course there is no qualification for that in any case. It's just whatever sh%^$! you want to make up.

This may be relevant: http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/crackpot.html

Ok, I'll be nice. How about this: The unconscious quantum