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Re: [Cute] Goedel's Incompleteness Theorem and the GPL

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Sun, 5 Dec 2004 01:20:51 -0300 (CLST)

There's a vaguely related short story by (I believe) Greg Egan, where he
argues (it's a long time since I've read this, so I may be wrong) that
discovering new maths involve a kind of symmetry breaking - before the
maths is discovered there may be more than one solution, but finding one
"fixes" maths in that state (and the other possible solutions become
impossible).  Since maths determines physics, you can alter the way the
world works by carefully choosing what maths you develop.  As I write this
down it seems crazy, but at the time it seemed vaguely credible - and I
think there was also a higher intelligence that observes the way that
maths develops and does its own work as necessary to keep its own
existence possible.

Searching for "Vernon Berryman" turns up this (don't know if you're aware
of this or not) -

There's a link from that page to some sample text (no dangerous images).


Shae Matijs Erisson said:
> How to apply Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem to everyday life?
> Someone once said to me that the GPL is the licensing system being turned
> against itself.
> I've since found an interest in productive applications of Gödel's theorem
> to
> everyday life. Here's a humorous(?) sample: http://tinyurl.com/by2u
> Do you know of any deterministic way to find Gödel attacks on systems?
> Are there more 'Klein bottles' for their own systems like the GPL is a
> 'vaccine' or Gödel attack for software licenses?
> --
> Shae Matijs Erisson - http://www.ScannedInAvian.com/ - Sockmonster once
> said:
> You could switch out the unicycles for badgers, and the game would be the
> same.
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