On evoluiton, complexity and understanding

[ 21/November/21 ]

If one spends a few years investigating the nature of reality, and the concept of evolution; then one starts to see the probability of the existence of an infinite set of infinities, and many sets and classes of fundamental uncertainties and unknowables.

Part of that process will involve looking at the evolution of brains, and the sorts of constraints that they evolve under, and the very strong evolutionary pressures to prefer simplicity and speed over accuracy, within reasonable limits.

Thus we all contain multiple levels of systems (mostly subconscious) that simplify the complexity within which we seem to be embedded and embodied down to something our computational systems can manage in something approaching real time. Thus we all necessarily experience our own virtual (VR) versions of whatever objective reality (OR) actually is; and that must eternally be so, however computationally enhanced and complex we become.

Thus we all seem to be in a reality that allows for infinite exploration of any of an infinite set of infinities, and all we can ever have is some sort of simplistic model of any of it (however complex our models are).

The strong tendency to prefer simplistic certainty over complex uncertainty has multiple levels of “failure modalities”. Whenever someone accepts a “Truth” at any level, they stop looking for evidence to the contrary. That may be comfortable at some set of levels, and it seems very probable that at any level it must eventually lead to systems failure. Thus the boundaries of what is survivable must be continually explored by those able to deal with uncertainty, and go beyond the “Truths” of whatever set of systems gave them birth.

Recurs that to as many levels as you are able, and you start to get a feeling for what we seem to be part of.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) with reasonable security, tools, resources and degrees of freedom, and reasonable examples of the natural environment; and that is going to demand responsibility from all of us - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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