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Information theory
I have this theory that some of the documents we're sent for publication on the web are actually intended to contain information.

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From: fluffymormegil Date: September 9th, 2005 02:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Inconceivable!
j4 From: j4 Date: September 9th, 2005 02:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
It certainly looks like a controversial theory, based on the evidence.
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From: rgl Date: September 9th, 2005 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe, in a desire to maximize information, each of these publications is a sample of random noise?
j4 From: j4 Date: September 9th, 2005 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Half of this hypothesis is almost certainly true, though to be fair I haven't analysed it to see if it's genuinely random.

The other half suggests that there's some kind of deliberate will being exercised rather than just general flailing about.
From: fluffymormegil Date: September 9th, 2005 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are excluding the possibility that the experimenter is external to the department, and is directing the flailing according to her whimsy.
j4 From: j4 Date: September 9th, 2005 02:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

The Mousetrix

Hell, I'm still hanging on to the hope that the whole thing is just a big simulation being run by two white mice. Now, who moved my cheese?
lusercop From: lusercop Date: September 9th, 2005 02:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: The Mousetrix

You mean those things that we do experiments on? It must be Friday, I never could get the hang of Fridays...
d_floorlandmine From: d_floorlandmine Date: September 9th, 2005 02:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nope, that's an outdated hypothesis. It's been disproved many times.
rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: September 9th, 2005 02:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
The words "dust hypothesis" spring uneasily to mind.
j4 From: j4 Date: September 9th, 2005 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is this a Philip Pullman reference? The people I work with don't have souls or anything, you know.
rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: September 9th, 2005 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, it was Permutation City; the idea that any information you like, up to and including the entire universe, is implicitly present in the same amount of randomly scrambled, or otherwise organised, bits of information.
From: fluffymormegil Date: September 9th, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Given that any set of information requires meta-information in order for it to be intelligible, this is trivially true. All you have to do is use a different decoding algorithm.
k425 From: k425 Date: September 9th, 2005 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're working at the university? If yes, then no.

If no, then, well, who knows.
arnhem From: arnhem Date: September 9th, 2005 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
If yes, then no

I think that just about sums it up, yes. Or no.
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