Information Philosophy InstituteIn the Fall of 2017 I completed the design and building of my own iTV-Studio in the conference room, with the goal of delivering weekday online lectures on philosophy, physics, and other topics for the rest of my life. The studio streams live to CCTV in Cambridge and to both YouTube and Facebook. Between November and January I delivered fifty online lectures. But the conference room became too hot for webcasting as the weather turned warm. I thought of a new heating/cooling system, maybe also insulating the walls (good for sound isolation). I turned back to writing my fourth book, on Albert Einstein, "My God, He Plays Dice!," with the goal of publication by my 82nd birthday in June, 2018. I completed several more chapters and developed many new insights into Einstein's thought, notably that the observable universe may contain only a finite amount of information. A finite volume contains only a finite number of particles of matter and energy. A finite volume also contains only a finite number (but a number increasing rapidly with universe expansion) of energy-accessible phase-space cells ℏ3. Einstein suspected that the mathematical continuum, with its infinite number of infinitesimal points, might not be the best description of a finite number of discrete particles. His contemporary mathematicians, Richard Dedekind, Leopold Kronecker, Herman Weyl, L.E.J. Brouwer, and even David Hilbert, thought that infinities and infinitesimals might simply be human ideas. Material particles really exist. A theoretical field may also be simply a human idea. Perhaps, Einstein worried, his unified field theory may be just a "castle in the air?" Einstein himself had shown that the continuous ether did not exist, but he feared that his general relativity was restoring a continuous gravitational field! I put a lot of energy, time, and money into a pre-release screening of Olivier Wright's PSI film at MIT on April 4,2018, hosting my colleagues in the free will debates, Dan Dennett, Bob Kane, and Alfred Mele. But then the newly elected president of the Harvard Crimson, Derek Xiao, accepted my standing offer to build an iTV-Studio for the Crimson, modeled on my own conference room, with six cameras and two media computers. My grandson Carter and his associate Austin Dugas put the new Crimson studio together in a matter of weeks in the basement of the Crimson building, next door to their 4-color press. I next turned back to the Einstein book for several weeks. Beyond the goal of getting Einstein credit for so many of the basic concepts in quantum mechanics, I began to see how his view of an "objective" and "local" reality might explain some of the great quantum mysteries, like entanglement and the two-slit experiment. But I then became totally distracted by the design and building of an Information Philosophy Institute. I thought I might demolish a number of my garages next door to put up a new building with four guest visitor offices, along with a new sound-isolated iTV-Studio, a lecture space, and a screening room. I engaged a construction firm, who began with an architect and lawyer that cost several thousand dollars but who made little progress toward the goal of a new building.
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