Chapter

Epistemology as Information Theory

From Leibniz to Ω

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EXCERPT

‘Digital philosophy’ is actually a neo-Pythagorean vision of the world, it’s just a new version of that. According to Pythagoras, all is number—and by number he means the positive integers, 1, 2, 3,…—and God is a mathematician. ‘Digital philosophy’ updates this as follows: Now everything is made out of 0/1 bits, everything is digital software, and God is a computer programmer, not a mathematician! It will be interesting to see how well this vision of the world succeeds, and just how much of our experience and theorizing can be included or shoe-horned within this new viewpoint…