Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Copenhagen (mis)interpretation vs Spore Unified Theory

In American cultural war there is a subculture which believes the iconoclasm of Quantum Mechanics provides justification that our hierarchy of nouns are a fiction conceived by the wishes or presuppositions of the mind. The movie What the Bleep, the orthodoxy imposed in my graduate program at Antioch University, and many other venues of propaganda are true believers in this antirealism. These proponents are rarely dedicated to epistemological inquiry, but rather they employ an assumed iconoclasm as anti-colonialist methodology in service to social justice militancy.

Meanwhile, virtual world construction goes on at a rampant pace. In it we certainly could make reality's most base particles move to any position in there next moment, wreaking havoc on established paradigms and crashing nouns from their thrones.

But we don't. That would be a universe that rewarded all with life. All equal entities, continuing their life. A boring horror show.

Spore is due to be released in September 2008. It is a unified vision of the life's dynamics and life's purpose. It goes from primordial soup to cultures exploring the universe. For such a game, which is very very quantum aware, hierarchy provides meaning of all actions.

Which is what we all want.

Below I've provided a Craigslist thread that shows the Copenhagen Misinterpretation used to battle hierarchical epistemology, then Wired magazine snippets about the Spore virtual world. Read them to get an idea of the different sides of the culture war.

Craigslist Philosophy Forum
forum Ayn Rand Student < SeriousaboutPhilosophy > 02/10 16:19:14
Anyone interested in serious philosophical discussions here?
doesn't quantum physics < trivas7 > 02/10 18:02:17
refute Ms. Rand's notion that reality is independent of consciousness?
my question is < trivas7 > 02/10 19:25:57

how is the Copenhagen interpretation of QM consistent w/ Objectivist metaphysics.

forum Uncertainty is no barrier to reason. < chi2ca > 07/03 19:42:46

Heisenberg says that certain variables have probabilistic rather than deterministic values; QM gives precise values for the probabilities. Plenty of other theories give probabilities rather than certainties; this doesn't make them any less "reason"able.

Besides, Heisenberg's principle is part of the Copenhagen Interpretation of QM, not part of QM itself. IMHO, the Copenhagen Interpretation is not the most reasonable interpretation of QM. I find Everett's Many Worlds Interpretation more reasonable. And, I suspect that other interpretations will come along that are more reasonable still.


  1. After your creature evolves into a sapient being, you'll jump into the "tribe" mode of the game. This is a real-time strategy, or RTS, game in which you fight against other warring tribes for dominance.

  2. Establishing your tribe's superiority over the rest of the planet means that you'll get to control your very own civilization. Expect gameplay similar to SimCity games. Cities can be either economic, religious or military, and you'll have to engage in diplomatic relationships with other cities to ensure your survival.

  3. Plastered on giant posters all over Maxis' Emeryville, California, offices is the mission statement: "Every player should be able to make it all the way to the space-exploration level."

  4. Spore's final stage, "space," is the culmination of your accomplishments. Your civilization will have attained space travel, and now you'll be able to go anywhere in the universe.

-Will Wright Walks Us Through Spore -Wired Feb 2008

Will Wright's Grand Unified Theory

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