Contents[ edit ] "Creation Ex Nihilo: Something from Nothing"[ edit ] Vedral believes in the principle that information is physical. Creation ex nihilo comes from Catholic dogma, the idea being that God created the universe out of nothing. Vedral says that invoking a supernatural being as an explanation for creation does not explain reality because the supernatural being would have to come into existence itself too somehow presumably from nothing or else from an infinite regression of supernatural beings , thus of course the reality can come from nothing without a supernatural being. Vedral believes information is the fundamental building block of reality as it occurs at the macro level economics, human behaviour etc. Vedral argues that information is the only candidate for such a building block that can explain its own existence as information generates additional information that needs to be compressed thus generating more information.
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Shelves: physics "Why is there something rather than nothing? Professor Vedral will postulate the premise that the entire reality is just a flow of information exchange between the void, the darkness, where the void is a source, and the realm is that we create by processing information the void is emitting to us. No doubt, the Author is confident in presenting the main principle from Creation Ex Nihilo and I was delighted the way he touches humanities main concerns through the 7 pillars lined up.
I personally enjoyed the lectures from Thermodynamics explaining global warming. Few understand really, the 1st and the essence of 2nd laws. I enjoyed DNA class, the lecture of the way Nature is coding DNA… we use binary, and Nature could do so, but Nature will never ever allow anything to be left to the mercy of Randomness. To ensure the DNA integrity is fully preserved, Nature uses 4 bit coding… but, the Reader will say, Okay, but this is all known. Yes, it is, but this time all the knowledge we are getting is, in information-centric way, that is presenting the two-way communication between Nature and us.
If trying to put this way, no need to bother with law without law, then the issue with infinite regression is avoided. However, there is a Void, the Darkness we claim information are arriving from to us, and we, by processing these information using inductive method as the basis of constructing physical theories. But, still we need events first that will enable us deriving laws.
This act, which we consider as completely random, i. This first event sets in motion a chain reaction in which, once one rule has been decided, the rest of the Universe needs to proceed in a consistent manner. All I can accept including the end, the Destruction ab toto, but not before the Symmetry breaking, the First cut, the Prior Cause is explained.
Staggering and beautiful book, Sir! I love it! This idea that the universe is information or course appeals to a computer geek such as myself, as well as the idea that the universe is a holographic projection from 2d information.
When you look at the most recent discoveries in quantum mechanics that seem to be pointing to the idea that different observers can see the same quantum information differently, it seems that the universe we live in is far weirder than we knows, and pushes everything we sense via I enjoyed this book a great deal.
When you look at the most recent discoveries in quantum mechanics that seem to be pointing to the idea that different observers can see the same quantum information differently, it seems that the universe we live in is far weirder than we knows, and pushes everything we sense via our human body into the realm of subjective reality.
So much work to be done here. I imagine there will be many more works in this area if there are not already Many concepts are much easier to illustrate if done geometrically. These are more about personal preferences and motivations rather than about the book itself. Well, I am a lay person. Feynman wrote for lay persons too, and I can guarantee you that he did a much more informative, logical explanation with very clear figures about, for example, experiments with beam-splitters.
More detailed comments are as follows: The book has three parts.
Seth Lloyd From the Reviews: "One quibble: Mr Vedral often digresses from the point at hand, so the overall effect tends to be a bit meandering. There is a lot of discussion of both, which is very welcome because there are not many popular science books that cover these relatively young fields. He has the slightly irritating habit of starting to explain a key point, then wandering off into an anecdote, in the manner of a lecturer diverted by a passing thought. The sense that one is reading an introductory text to a university course is reinforced by a series of "take-home" lessons at the end of each chapter. But the author evinces great enthusiasm and curiosity throughout, and deserves an extra tip of the hat for having cheerfully calculated the informational redundancy of his own book. Lower, I guess, than most. In general, the parts of Decoding Reality that deal with quantum physics and quantum information are the least original.
Decoding Reality: The Universe as Quantum Information