Another thought from Chaitin

Here’s a paragraph from Gregory Chaitin’s Meta-Math! that is well worth pondering (from an appendix, emphasis in the original):

Perhaps the universe is complicated, not simple! This certainly seems to be the case in biology more than in physics. Then thought alone is insufficient; we need empirical data. But simplicity certainly reflects what we mean by understanding: understanding is compression. So perhaps this is more about the human mind than it is about the universe. Perhaps our emphasis on simplicity says more about us than it says about the universe!

My take on it is that there is no real question about it – our ways of understanding need not reflect the underlying reality, and we’re fooling ourselves if we think otherwise.

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