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The lifebox, the seashell, and the soul : what gnarly computation taught me about ultimate reality, the meaning of life, and how to be happy

Author: Rudy v B Rucker
Publisher: New York : Thunder's Mouth Press, ©2005.
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"In the twenty-first century, we no longer think of reality as particles and force fields. Instead, scientists and philosophers view the world as a sea of computation. The Lifebox, the Seashell, and the Soul explains and expends upon this new way to understand nature, society, and the mind." "In Lifebox, Rudy Rucker uses whimsical drawings, fables, and humor to demonstrate that everything is a computation - that  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rudy v B Rucker
ISBN: 1560257229 9781560257226
OCLC Number: 61676690
Description: x, 564 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Preface --
Thought experiment one : lucky number --
ch. 1. Computation everywhere --
1.1. Universal automatism --
1.2. A new kind of science --
1.3. Reckoning a sum --
1.4. Analytical engines --
1.5. The tiniest brains --
1.6. Inside the beige box --
1.7. Plugged in --
1.8. Flickercladding --
Thought experiment two : the million chakras --
ch. 2. Our rich world --
2.1. Rough and smooth --
2.2. Everywhere at once --
2.3. Chaos in a bouncing ball --
2.4. The meaning of gnarl --
2.5. What is reality? --
2.6. How robots get high --
Thought experiment three : ain't paint --
ch. 3. Life's lovely gnarl --
3.1. Wetware --
3.2. The morphogenesis of a brindle cow --
3.3. Surfing your moods --
3.4. Gnarly neighbors --
3.5. Live robots --
3.6. How we got so smart --
Thought experiment four : Terry's talker --
ch. 4. Enjoying your mind --
4.1. Sensational emotions --
4.2. The network within --
4.3. Thoughts as gliders and scrolls --
4.4. "I am" --
4.5. The lifebox --
4.6. The mind recipe --
4.7. What do you want? --
4.8. Quantum soul --
Thought experiment five : the kind rain --
ch. 5. The human hive --
5.1. Hive minds --
5.2. Language and telepathy --
5.3. Commercial and gnarly aesthetics --
5.4. Power and money --
5.5. The past and future history of gnarl --
Thought experiment six : hello infinity --
ch. 6. Reality upgrade --
6.1. Eight ontologies --
6.2. The computational zoo --
6.3. Faster and smarter --
6.4. Random truth --
6.5. The answers --
Technical appendix --
A.1. Rudiments of recursion theory --
A.2. Turing's theorem --
Glossary --
Notes--
Image credits --
Index.
Responsibility: Rudy Rucker.
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