In our own time, in the so-called Information Age, computers are

in the forefront when it comes to concepts of code. For example

there is Binary Code--a system representing computer instructions

employing the two-binary digits "0" and "1". And a binary string of

eight digits can represent some 256 possible values. Also there's

the binary tree, which is a data structure in which each node has

a child node. Oh well--binary trees are helpful implementing

what is called search trees and binary heaps.

There are other models come to the fore, such as a Cellular

Automaton. This model is "studied in computability theory,

mathematics, theoretical biology, and microstructure modeling."

There's a grid of cells, "each in one of a finite number of states,

such as On and Off." Beyond this, there's a neighborhood of cells.

In other words, new cells can be generated. Each new generation

"determines the new state of each cell in terms of the current state

of the cell and the states of the cells in its neighborhood."

Whatever can any of these codes or cells mean toward

understanding an universal code? Like Fractals, Binary Code

and Cellular Automata are mathematical models that have arisen

in the human mind. In other words they are theoretical, but their

application seems to work.Therefore, though a product of our human

mind, could it be that since we are part and parcel of the universe,

that these concepts of ours are guideposts towards understanding

a possible cosmic code?

I certainly can afford to wonder about this, but I wouldn't stake any

money currently over such a possibility. Regardless, some computer

scientists have been willing to go out on a limb--thinking aloud that

the universe may be governed by "pure whole numbers, or integers,

and even space and time are broken up into tiny digital increments."

However, other scientists are not crawling out on that limb.

## Thursday, July 9, 2009

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