~ Occam’s Razor 1
that depends on the laws of physics themselves.”
~ David Deutsch 2
Noting that simplicity depends on a reasoner’s perspective throws the subjectivity monkey wrench at Occam’s Razor. Extending the insight, that it depends also on the laws governing your local space-time area which informs your perspective, is a masterstroke — of death!
The history of physics, from Earth-centric perfect sphere within sphere heavens to M-theory, is but the continual redefinition of what simple means. It contains long and irrelevant detours, often lured by the siren of elegance, beauty and other singularities. Detours visible only in hindsight, driven ultimately by variations of “I like the way this idea sounds.” The real world is infinitely inconceivably complex; we’re forced to settle for sound bites.
Simplicity is not some indivisible thing, Mr. Occam, but depends on flawed chains of reasoning, based on centuries of imperfect observation and a half-baked, and constantly evolving understanding, performed radically differently depending on who you talk to. As understanding grows ideas of simple grow more complex. It is subjective and relative and malleable. And screw meagre understanding: it may be that the fundamentals of reality are not even immutable. From the big bang’s rule bending to the ideas of a multiverse viewed likely by some string theorists, somewhere π is 3.
Oh sure, trust your our own judgment if you like, but the shifting sands of assumptions they’re based on already changed yesterday. Every time you think you know something, consider it another Nigerian penis-enlargement phishing scam you fell for. Planck’s constant and Heisenberg’s principle are offshore sending you mental spam.
|Simple now looks like this:|
...good luck incorporating that next time you’re trying to decide between McDonalds, Burger King or a goat. What does this mean? The new priesthood cannot explain it to me without years of detailed lessons to understand the principles on which it’s based.
We used to believe things fell down when dropped until outer space showed up and curb-stomped that idea. A few years back evolution took the assumption that nature’s forms are unchanging and shived it 17 times. The underlying principles of 52 years of cognitive dissidence recently dropped the soap in front of some dude capable of using an abacus. We’re all trapped in the same snow globe, inventing theorems explaining why it snows when an unperceivable child gives us a good shake. The next person who tells you he’s got answers, you punch him right on the nose and spit on his dog.
Swim instead in uncertainty. And of that simple platitude, I am cert... Aw Crap.
David Deutsch, you wily bastard, you!
Curse me and my collapsed waveform!