I keep wanting to draw some correlation between the number of possible five minute audio files (2^211M) and the number of estimated number of hydrogen atoms in the universe (10^60). I keep going back to that audio file representing all possible audio snippets including things that did and did not happen. That audio span contains me driving an Audi R6 down the autobahn before I shoot my James Bond rockets into the douchebag in front of me. The audio file also has all possible scenarios of everything. You could even take consecutive 5 minute spans to form a story reaching from the big bang to the big crunch. Everything is possible in that five minutes. EVERYTHING!
So that five minutes of audio holds potential. The same is true of the universe. These different particles just waiting in a null state ready to be perceived. Who knows what the count of particles is. It is large. If the number of hydrogen atoms has been determined to be finite, then the number of particles must be finite as well. But at the same time, it represents all possibilities. Everything that could happen is represented by a finite number. Every possible thing, even the stuff that we can’t fathom as possible.
And what sits outside of that? Who is the viewer of that? Who is the Observer? I know what I want my answer to be, but I cannot say it with conviction. I think that part of the reason is that I want to jump to seeing it all. I want to jump to seeing something specific. I must first fully see my self. I must first fully see this possibility as it is. I must see this moment, and what is in front of me. Let it be. I shouldn’t try to interpret and build a past. Something may have happened before this and something may happen after this, but it is not happening now.
If I am thinking about something in the past, then it is a memory and not the actual event. Any feelings that I have are based on that memory and not the event itself. Since my feelings are not based on the current moment then I should be swayed by them.
It explores the possibility that we may run out of unique music. He starts out by taking the digital approach and discusses how many bits can fit into a span of five minutes on a CD, which is about 211M. All possible combinations of those bits is 2^211M. So it is a finite number, but it is really mind boggling big.
That five minute span includes every possible audio file. Not just music, but every possible audio file. It contains a five minute recording of a conversation you had with your mom. It contains all five minute conversations you didn’t have with your mom.
The estimated number of hydrogen atoms in the entire universe is 60 digits long. The number of possible 5 minute audio files is 63M digits long. That number is so large that your brain will pop out of your head and start talking to you. In fact there is a five minute audio of that very event happening.
What you are, what you think you are and what others think you are, are all different. What is the real you? What you think you are is shaped by what you think others think of you. You have developed a way to think of yourself that you would like others to adopt. Unfortunately, other people experience you and they have their own ideas about what you are. Sometimes they will think better of you and sometimes they will think worse. Mostly what they think of you is all tied up in what they think of themselves. Somewhere in there each of you has a real you that is lost in all those ideas.
In order to get a sense of the real you, you need to notice what it is that you want people to think about you. If you notice a difference between what you think about you, what you want people to think about you, and what you think people think of you, the real you lies in that difference. You are not right, they are not right, there is an unknown something in there that is the real you.
Most of our energy is spent creating and projecting and protecting an idea of ourselves that is constantly changing. Beneath it all is something, something wonderful.
And what is reality? Is reality what we’re seeing with our brain… or is reality what we’re seeing with our eyes? And the truth is is that the brain does not know the difference… between what it sees in its environment and what it remembers… because the same specific neural nets are then firing.
If this is true with vision, then it must be true with the other senses as well. And if that is true with what we see, hear, smell, taste, and touch; then what about our actions within that framework? Is there a difference in thinking about an action and performing an action? If actions are in response to environment and the environment is thought, then actions must be thought as well. I don’t know if it is a fallacy to apply logic here or not.
There is something to this, but I cannot quite wrap my brain around the full scope of it yet. Any comments are appreciated.