Rucker. (2005). The lifebox, the seashell, and the soul: what gnarly computation taught me about ultimate reality, the meaning of life, and how to be happy.


“In the twenty-first century, we no longer think of reality as particles and force fields. Instead, scientists and philosophers view the world as a sea of computation. The Lifebox, the Seashell, and the Soul explains and expends upon this new way to understand nature, society, and the mind.” “In Lifebox, Rudy Rucker uses whimsical drawings, fables, and humor to demonstrate that everything is a computation - that thoughts, computations, and physical processes are all the same. He discusses the linguistic and computational advances that make this kind of “digital philosophy” possible, and explains how, like every great new principle, the computational worldview contains the seeds of a next step”–Jacket.