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The Watchmaker's Flaw

How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policy

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Mad science gone horribly, horribly wrong(or right).

The Watchmaker's Flaw

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If I were to stumble across a jumble of rocks, it is not needed to assume a man caused those rocks to assume that arrangement. It's a pile of rocks, a random assemblage of information really, requiring vast quantities of storage space to quantify. It is chaotic, noisy, and complex.

That's natural.

Now, let us say we stumble across a watch lying on a beach. It is precise, it is well structured, and yet, it's extremely simple. There is not a great deal of noise in it, and the amount of information required to recreate it exactly is large, but not so large as a pile of rocks.

That's unnatural.

When SETI searches the skies for signals, they don't search for complicated signals. If they were looking for complexity, they'd have been done a long time ago. The skies are full of complicated radio signals. What SETI is searching for is an artificial signal- the clearest sign of artificiality? A sine wave. Extremely simple. And that makes it clearly artificial.

So simplicity is the sign of a creator, not complexity. It is a reduction in entropy that signals that a creator was involved.

The watchmaker argument fails, but that's because it was borne out of a time where we thought the movements of the planets were as precise as a well made clock. Before we could measure just how damn noisy the Universe really is. Complexity in nature is simply a consequence of nature's behavior, not a sign of intelligence. Simplicity is a sign of intelligence.
  • Indeed.

  • Lol, I wanted to make some sort of intelligent comment here, but all i can think of is "yup." or "That's deep dude."

    Interesting way to break down this complex subject into a simple swallowable bite. Nice work
    • hmm - just thought about it for another minute, and realized something. Don't pulsars generate sine waves if, from your perspective you're in (and out and in and out, etc) of the path of the beam? I remember getting faked out a few years back becase we had a perfectly regular signal, that turn out just to be a pulsar.
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