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  1. Alex said:

    I’m skeptical that we have the capacity to accurately gauge the relative complexity of natural systems, or even that we have the ability to meaningfully identify discrete systems by which to ascribe a measure of complexity. The best we could hope for is a measure of complexity (as it appears to us based on present knowledge, etc.) for an apparently discrete physical system.

    That’s not particularly satisfying and leads to all sorts of anti-realist positions in other areas of science.

    February 7, 2011
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  2. nicklas said:

    Well, I think that is a bit of a cop-out, but I do see your point. We can assess complexity, though, by proxy, by using Kolmogorovcomplexity and assess the length of the algorithm that effectively (not fully) models the system in question.

    February 10, 2011
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