Have physicists found "Intelligent Code in Fabric of Space"?

Here’s a fascinating video entitled “Neil DeGrasse Tyson Freaks Out When Physicist James Gates Finds Intelligent Code in Fabric of Space”:

Do any of the physicists here have any reactions to this? I find it mind blowing!

Here’s an excerpt:

Working on a branch of physics called supersymmetry, Dr. James Gates Jr., discovered what he describes as the presence of what appear to resemble a form of computer code, called error correcting codes, embedded within, or resulting from, the equations of supersymmetry that describe fundamental particles.

Gates asks, “How could we discover whether we live inside a Matrix? One answer might be ‘Try to detect the presence of codes in the laws that describe physics.’” And this is precisely what he has done. Specifically, within the equations of supersymmetry he has found, quite unexpectedly, what are called “doubly-even self-dual linear binary error-correcting block codes.” That’s a long-winded label for codes that are commonly used to remove errors in computer transmissions, for example to correct errors in a sequence of bits representing text that has been sent across a wire.

Gates explains, “This unsuspected connection suggests that these codes may be ubiquitous in nature, and could even be embedded in the essence of reality. If this is the case, we might have something in common with the Matrix science-fiction films, which depict a world where everything human being’s experience is the product of a virtual-reality-generating computer network.”

@Patrick Mentions “Shannon” herein.

What’s with sci-fi music?

No, Tyson did not freak out. His bullshit detector went off, so he went to full skeptic mode.

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Have physicists found “Intelligent Code in Fabric of Space”?

No. What was found was that some aspects of supersymmetry (a conjecture in physics, which is uncontroversial but so far has not been corroborated by experiments) bears a resemblance to some aspects of error correcting codes. Here by resemblance I mean that the mathematics are similar.


If you watch it with closed captioning on, it actually says “[NDeGT is freaking out…]” So, it must be true.


Has James Gates gotten a lot of pushback or has he simply been ignored?

Is there any evidence that Gates is overstating so as to try to build a career on the speaker’s/media’s circuit similar to Tyson’s?

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No, he has not gotten a lot of pushback. If you look at his paper on this subject, his claim is not actually very bombastic. Error correcting code is a mathematical concept from information theory, and is not a literal computer code, so in his paper he did not claim that there is a literal computer code running the Universe.

I think he is overstating it to make it sound a bit more interesting to the lay audience. I don’t think he is trying to build a career on the speaker circuit. Also, he is already well regarded amongst physicists.

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Most of us can agree there is (most likely) a code.

But science cannot prove it.

But we do not require science to believe it.