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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 9:14 am 
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This information is being updated over time with additional publications by Dr. Whitworth.

Dr. Brian Whitworth is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Information and Mathematical Sciences at Massey University, Albany, Auckland, New Zealand. PhD (MSIS); MA (Hons)(Psych); BSc (Maths); BA (Psych)
Brian's web page is at: http://www.brianwhitworth.com/

Brian wrote the following paper that is of particular interest from the perspective of My Big TOE, based upon his own work and perspective without any knowledge of Tom and MBT.
"The Physical World as a Virtual Reality" may be located in PDF form at this link: http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/0801/0801.0337.pdf and also, see note below, at this address: http://brianwhitworth.com/papers.html
A discussion of this paper on the New Scientist Blog is available at this link: http://www.newscientist.com/blog/techno ... hesis.html
We have Roland to thank for the posting of this information on the Bulletin Board.

Brian has subsequently been in communication with Tom prior to the publication of a second paper on the subject of this being a virtual reality. This is the second of a group of five papers planned on this subject. Later papers address matter (4), and movement (5), respectively. A late version is available as
Chapter 2. "Simulating Space and Time": http://brianwhitworth.com/BW-VRT2.pdf

ABSTRACT
This chapter asks if a virtual space-time could appear to those within it as our space-time does to us. A
processing grid network is proposed to underlie not just matter and energy, but also space and time. The
suggested "screen" for our familiar three dimensional world is a hyper-sphere surface simulated by a grid
network. Light and matter then travel, or are transmitted, in the "directions" of the grid architecture. The
processing sequences of grid nodes create time, as the static states of movies run together emulate events. Yet
here what exists are not the static states, but the dynamic processing between them. Quantum collapse is the
irreversible event that gives time its direction. In this model, empty space is null processing, directions are node
links, time is processing cycles, light is a processing wave, objects are wave tangles and energy is the processing
transfer rate. It describes a world where empty space is not empty, space warps, time dilates, and everything
began when this virtual universe "booted up".

Chapter III. "The Light of Existence": http://brianwhitworth.com/BW-VRT3.pdf
ABSTRACT
This chapter derives the properties of light from the properties of processing, including its ability to be both a wave and a particle, to detect objects it doesn't touch, to choose a route after it arrives, to take all paths to a destination and to spin in any direction both ways at once. In this model, a photon is a processing wave front instantiated from an entity program class, and quantum collapse is when one program stops to merge with another, which restarts its processing. This processing approach to
physics also gives insights into entanglement, superposition, counterfactuals, the holographic principle and the measurement problem. Its conceptual cost is that physical reality becomes a processing output.

Both of these papers are listed by Brian on his public access web site on this page: http://brianwhitworth.com/papers.html
We have Bette to thank for the posting of this information on the Bulletin Board.

Dr. Whitworth has entered an essay in the contest sponsored by FQXi.com Foundational Questions Institute along with partners in sponsorship Gruber Instrumentation and Scientific American. The goals of the Foundational Questions Essay Contest (the "Contest") are to:
* Encourage and support rigorous, innovative, and influential thinking about foundational questions in physics and cosmology;
* Identify and reward top thinkers in foundational questions; and,
* Provide an arena for discussion and exchange of ideas regarding foundational questions.

The contest has not been concluded but Dr. Whitworth's paper is noted as among the top submissions of the week when this was posted. http://www.fqxi.org/community/forum/topic/806 For download of a PDF version.

You might find it of interest to check out Dr. Whitworth's original composition and multi-media presentation, including his own singing, Unseen World. This will somewhat expand your understanding of Brian and his interests. http://www.brianwhitworth.com/music/UnseenWorld.wmv

Additional information will be added when available.


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PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2010 9:37 am 
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There may be other threads on the board mentioning Dr. Brian Whitworth's papers on our existence as a virtual reality. I will try to fully update this reference thread. Viv started the following thread providing a link to the second paper in Brian's planned series of papers.

"Simulating Space and Time" by Brian Whitworth, Prespacetime Journal| March 2010 | Vol. 1 | Issue 2 | Page 218-243
viewtopic.php?f=9&t=5023&hilit=Whitworth


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2011 6:57 am 
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Tom Campbell has posted a link with comments to Brian Whitworth's latest paper which is a review and includes answers to comments to his previous papers on the VR hypothesis and its calculation. Here is the link. viewtopic.php?f=9&t=6395

Later in this same thread linked just above, I posted Brian Whitworth's comments by e-mail, special to us here on the BB, on how the results for FTL neurtinos might result from his model of how TBC might calculate the VR. His e-mail references the above paper if additional information is required to understand his e-mail. It is on the first page of that thread and does not merit a separate link.

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Brian Whitworth is of course well-known on here as the author of several detailed essays describing the virtual nature of reality, and Tom has referrred to him often.

He is a very interesting thinker, much more than just an IT professor, and his website (http://brianwhitworth.com/) is worth a visit to see what else he's up to, and publishing, including links to the latest versions of his VR papers.

His "Thoughts" (http://brianwhitworth.com/quotes.html) contain some nice pithy little nuggets, very MBT-like. And his little ditty "Unseen World" (http://www.brianwhitworth.com/music/UnseenWorld.wmv) is wonderful.

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Brian Whitworth is of course well-known on here as the author of several detailed essays describing the virtual nature of reality, and Tom has referrred to him often.

He is a very interesting thinker, much more than just an IT professor, and his website (http://brianwhitworth.com/) is worth a visit to see what else he's up to, and publishing, including links to the latest versions of his VR papers.

His "Thoughts" (http://brianwhitworth.com/quotes.html) contain some nice pithy little nuggets, very MBT-like. And his little ditty "Unseen World" (http://www.brianwhitworth.com/music/UnseenWorld.wmv) is wonderful.
By chance Arthur, have you come across any of his remarks that would explain his motivation for writing those particular essays on the virtual nature of reality ?

If so, could you post a link ?

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 7:12 am 
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Brian Whitworth is now preparing his latest paper, chapter four, for publication in his series about this being a Virtual Reality. Here is a link to the thread where it was mentioned and which includes new comments by Tom on this paper. viewtopic.php?f=23&t=3947. Use that link in that thread to look at the paper as Brian has pointed out that it has not been finalized in form and published as yet so use the link to get the latest version.

For the moment, here is the present title and part of the introduction instead of an abstract.
Chapter IV. The Matter Glitch
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INTRODUCTION
This is the fourth chapter on the virtual reality conjecture, that the physical world is the digital output of a non-physical quantum network. It claims that Wheeler’s It from Bit idea is literally true. The quantum network generating the physical world, called the grid (Wilczek, 2008), is by definition unobservable, because the act of observing it would be itself a grid operation. Lest this seem a fault, note that the same is true of quantum states, and for the same reason, that a camera can’t take a photo of itself. Those who reference unobservable quantum states can hardly deny a quantum grid that is unobservable by the same logic, namely that what creates our observation can’t itself be observed by us. Here is a brief review of the previous chapters.
I did not add this further review as it was extensive.

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A computerized camera can take a picture of itself in a mirror, just saying. :)
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Any camera, electronic or otherwise, can take a picture of itself in a mirror. But what it is capturing in that picture is not the direct view of itself but the reflection in the mirror which it happens to be included within. Thus no camera can take a picture of itself directly, which perhaps should have been added in his paper. Perhaps you might wish to write to him and suggest the change?

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I would hope/imagine he would see this and if he thinks it is something a physicist would think of to argue about he can make the addition. I trust if I add anything to anything the person would honestly state what happened someday. Not in the old paradigm of competitive science but rather in the new paradigm coming in that includes the VR hypothesis of cooperative science we are witnessing.
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