I’ve been reading some unusual sci fi books by Rudy Rucker in which he makes some interesting points. Rudy is a mathematician and his books are full of some of the weirdest stuff you can imagine but a great deal of it is grounded in fantastic mathematics. I have no idea where reality leaves off and fantasy begins having nowhere near enough knowledge of the mathematics he describes. Perhaps it’s all real which would be even stranger.
In one of the Ware Tetralogy stories one of the characters makes an interesting observation I firmly believe… “Art is the highest form of communication. In art one has the opportunity to encode the entire soul.” I suppose if taken to it’s logical extension then the highest art form would be to entirely encode oneself again (… and again?… and…) an exact duplicate. Are we entering the domain of creationism at this point? This is where everything gets really twisted up – well that is if you don’t already feel twisted up at this point.
To me this sort of theoretical mathematics falls into the same domain as theoretical quantum physics – the realm of dreams. If we have a strong enough imagination perhaps we can dream it into real. Whichever, these type of ideas scratch at the very roots of our world view.
There was another excellent observation which I can’t seem to locate right now. Essentially it went something like… after all needs are met, the ultimate function of any being is to become fully aware. Also something I firmly believe and something I enjoy pondering – as in what would the world look like if – and what would we all do if – all our needs were met. The implication here too is – and we don’t die.
Food for thought.