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The Self-Writing Universe: For the Eternally Curious Phil Scanlan

The Self-Writing Universe: For the Eternally Curious

Phil Scanlan

Published September 14th 2004
ISBN : 9780595317776
Paperback
228 pages
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Did Our Universe Write Itself? Who says theres no such thing as an answer to How is there anything at all? The Self-Writing Universe considers the most confounding puzzle we can ask ourselves - how and why is there anything at all instead ofMoreDid Our Universe Write Itself? Who says theres no such thing as an answer to How is there anything at all? The Self-Writing Universe considers the most confounding puzzle we can ask ourselves - how and why is there anything at all instead of simply nothingness? Generations of human thought have thus far produced the following stalemate: belief in an irrational endless regress or belief in an impossible beginning. Neither theory provides a satisfying answer. Perhaps its time for a fresh take? In the The Self-Writing Universe, network administrator Phil Scanlan offers an insightful twist on the age-old problem by asking Why not view the puzzle as though it were a computer script that managed to write itself and see what happens? In Scanlans approach, the fact that theres existence and not non-existence is merely due to some line of executable code that makes existence inevitable. The Self-Writing Universe considers what that code must be like. But isnt this just another attempt to explain existence by first assuming an existing thing, in this case, a line of executable code? Scanlans answer to this question, and to how the code got there, may just tickle your brain in a most agreeable way.