"Here is a paradox: how do we explain the Fibonacci sequence exclusively in terms of pi (the circumference of a circle with the diameter 1)? The answer is that we can't, because as soon as Fibonacci is all about Pi, Pi no longer describes all of Fibonacci! So, how could a mathematical theory ever achieve a theory of everything? My answer is that there is more than one theory of everything, and many of them will not be mathematical." ---Nathan Coppedge, March 2016 (via Quora)
"Any theory of everything (TOE) will only be an application, because there are some things which are NOT theories of everything! Either there will be a new atomism that attempts to make everything out of theories of everything, or the project will embrace applicationism. On the other hand, not everything is a THEORY, so it is impossible to conclude that everything is a THEORY of everything. The rational result will simply be to measure universalism empirically. Perhaps that is what should be done right now. Why wouldn't it be measurable? Maybe only in a flat universe. Perhaps that provides some answers, although I suspect some of them will be random, rather than coherent. But one thing it does point to is that science is an endless or else limited pursuit of applicable measurements." ---Nathan Coppedge, March 2016 (via Quora)
"Math is puddle-jumping with its friend philosophy." ---Nathan Coppedge, March 2016 (via Quora)
"Exceptions are like philosophy or science, but not both simultaneously... On the other hand, it would not be such a bad thing if someone disagreed with me for the sake of science, philosophy, or both..." ---Nathan Coppedge, note on the science of exceptions, March 2016
"Natural technology is potentially the same thing as magic." ---Nathan Coppedge, March 2016 (via Quora)
"I want to be immortal so I can be a devil. See---that makes sense to people! Sometimes I think if it weren't for Babel I would be God. Maybe this is true of anyone, anywhere, anytime, and this makes up God's attributes! Perhaps the popular God is merely an exaggeration of our hopes and dreams. Or perhaps God is an idea that came from the future! If it is so political to talk about God, then maybe God is subject to ideas. Maybe God is not just his own God, but the memory and prophecy of those who care for him. But if I am God, then I am not God, for I have already taken the name Saint Devil to refer to my pursuits of perpetual motion. Perhaps the power of God is NOT TO BE God, just as the body of God must be a false God..." ---Saint Devil / Nathan Coppedge, March 2016
"It was so exciting that at first no one got excited. It was like hiccups. It happened in fits and starts." ---Nathan Coppedge, about the invention of perpetual motion.
"Believing in God is the evilest sin. Because belief in God is belief in EVERYTHING, including the worst sins. It is belief in the primitive version of the immortal world. There are subtle things that are more good than a moral conscience. Scientists know what they mean by science: tortured animals. At least subtle things, if good, may serve as a viable distraction from that type of morals. The morals of science, the morals of God." ---Nathan Coppedge, March 2016
“In a world full of problems, everything is solved by problems. When problems do not solve them, there begins a world of solutions. At that point, either what begins is a world of paradoxes, or a world of paradigms. The world of paradoxes for some time satisfies intellectuals, but if the world is to succeed, the mentality must be one of paradigms. If the paradigms are problematic, what begins is a world of exaggerations. What solves exaggerations is tools. What is required for successful tools is a good world. If tools do not succeed it becomes a world of work. Work succeeds when there is good information. If information has no machine, it becomes a world of toil. If there is a machine, there is a mechanical paradigm. With a mechanical paradigm, the success of the world becomes the success of machines. Still, if there were no toil or work, or no problems, or if there were other successful paradigms, it would be a different world. Therefore, amongst machines the success is not only to live, but to imagine other worlds. One of the worlds I imagine is a world in which machines perpetuate themselves, and therefore, a world in which machines do not require work.”
"They are so significant, and yet merely abstractions. They seem to be like the most important thing, and yet no cohesive theory even involves them. They are the 'dark matter' and 'dark energy' of pure theoretics." ---Nathan Coppedge, on mathematical anomalies at Quora.
"One explanatory concept is that humans have not yet constructed a rational paradise." ---Nathan Coppedge, March 2016, via Quora
"Interpretation is a form of invention, the way philosophy is God. (This is one thing that comes from the study of paradoxes)." ---Nathan Coppedge, March 2016
"Relative relativity is absoluteness. The only way to contain absoluteness is by some greater relativity. The world might be preferable if it is relative and great, because the greater world might be preferable. If the world is great and relative, we can still argue that it contains absoluteness, because absoluteness is the larger part of the three dimensions of relativity. In fact the only way to undo absoluteness appears to be by introducing a double-absoluteness. QED" ---Nathan Coppedge, March 2016
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