InterJournal Complex Systems, 62
Status: Accepted
Manuscript Number: [62]
Submission Date: 963011
Information is protophysical
Author(s): Doug Matzke

Subject(s): CX.07

Category: Brief Article

Abstract:

Thought experiments led Einstein to discovering that gravity and acceleration were identical, which lead to his famous theory of relativity. Thought experiments can also be used in critical thinking and understanding about the relationship between physics and computation. This paper will discuss several computational oriented thought experiments related to spacetime (or gravity) that surfaced during the planning of the PhysComp 92 and PhysComp 94 conferences. Thought provoking questions will be developed from these thought experiments, as well as other questions people asked during this period. These thought experiments and questions will be discussed in light of actual research supporting those issues, and the result will be the view that information laws are topological constraints that precede physical laws and therefore are protophysical.

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