Theory Of Nothing By Russell K. Standish
“Theory of Nothing” by dr. Russel K. Standish is a tour into many worlds interpretation (MWI) of quantum mechanics as opposed to Copenhagen interpretation. This book came up in one of the discussions I’ve had with my friend. I’ve looked around and although Amazon only sells the paperback version, there is freely available PDF on the authors website that can be read on Kindle DX or any other device that supports PDF.
I’ve paged though the section on Quantum Theory Of Immortality (QTI) and, personally, found the ideas too wild to believe but interesting. I’ve put this book in my reading list. Here’s what the author himself has to say about it:
The Theory of Nothing was a book I published in 2006, in which I explored the consequences of assuming:
- Everything exists, and
- The reality we observe must be compatible with our existence within that reality.
The title “Theory of Nothing” came from the observation that the more inclusive a scientific theory, the less specific its predictions can be without additional ad hoc assumptions. The ultimate theory of everything is just a theory of nothing. Yet surprisingly, the theory in Theory of Nothing does have some explanatory and predictive properties, which follow from the second assumption, which links the laws of physics to the laws of psychology.
Most of the ideas I discuss in that book were discussed on the Everything List, an internet forum inhabited by some of the brightest minds I know. Since the list discussions tended to be quite technical, and often refer to previous discussions, there is a need for some kind of summary, like a FAQ of the list discussion. The trouble is, nobody seems to have time to write one. As part of my book project, I attempted to summarise and make accessible the everything-list discussion, as well as position the topic within the broader philosophical literature.
If you have enjoyed “The Elegant Universe” and “A Briefer History Of Time” that I mentioned before, Theory Of Nothing should also interest you.
Kindle DX cant download PDF (by nirmalpatel.com)
Although Amazon added native support for PDF to Kindle DX they didn’t add the ability to download these directly from the Internet. I believe that this feature was left out deliberately rather than by chance because Amazon pays Sprint $0.12 for each megabyte downloaded. In the case of PDFs cost of downloading PDFs to users for free can easily top profits from book and device sales because as we know Amazon’s profit is not that big as they are trying to grab as much market as possible.
Recently Nirmal Patel created a hack for Kindle DX (based on the source code of UFHack) that enables direct PDF downloads. Since at the moment I’m outside US and don’t have WhisperNet coverage I can’t truly test it however I looked at the hack – it’s very simple and should work.
It installs and uninstalls just as any other Kindle hack:
- Download update_install_download_pdfs_from_browser.bin to install the hack or update_uninstall_download_pdfs_from_browser.bin to uninstall it.
- Connect your Kindle to PC using USB cable and copy the file to root folder.
- Press “Menu”, select “Settings”, press “Menu”, select “Update Your Kindle” and then select “Ok”.
- You Kindle will reboot and changes will be applied.
PDF download hack is compatible with other hacks such as unicode fonts hack and screensaver hack.
While I congratulate Nirmal Patel on this hack I do urge you to enjoy it responsibly and don’t abuse Kindle’s 3G connection because should this become a significant financial liability for Amazon they can easily start signing update packages with strong cryptographic keys and this would prevent any other hacks from working altogether.
Also keep in mind that when you download stuff using your Kindle, Amazon knows:
- What exactly and when you download since it all goes through their proxy server.
- Where you live since your address is in your account information.
- Where you are right now since Kindles can triangulate their position based on cell towers with accuracy of several hundred feet.
- Your credit card number since you have it on file so you can buy Kindle books.