Come one, come old. Here’s a new demo!

I don’t know what this is, but I made it yesterday with my brain and my computer-brain’s brain.

Cruise Elroy is developing quickly.  I promise.  Future Caveman sees the light at the end of the tunnel.  Which is first?  I’m not sure, bro and sis.

See the post above for info on the Time Warner ad.

See below for the explanation of life, the universe, and everything.

Or, check out this Chris Merritt album for free.

The choice is yours, and yours only, to make.


Brain Bendy!

Here’s an interview with a guy who thinks we’re living inside a computer.  This guy is great (I enjoyed the Moore’s Law stuff.), but I have some problems with his theory.  Feel free to smoke a joint and put on some Radiohead before you read this. (What’s that?  You’re already stoned?  Wow, than it must have blown your mind when I just called you out on it).

I’ve had thoughts on this topic as well, as all self-respecting philosopher-musicians/video-game nerds/physicist-wanabees have.

Turing and others have done incredible work on the nature of computation and how it relates to physics.  Computation is essentially a low-entropy and information-creating formation of matter.  Turing proposed that no calculation, given enough time, is impossible in our universe – even a calculation calculating an entire universe.

The problem is this – Terrile says that because nature seems to be “pixelated”, and because digital video games are inherently pixelated, it’s evidence that we are living in a simulation.  That’s a logical hand-wave – I think it’s more likely that the nature of computation, being limited by the laws of physics in this universe, would clearly reflect that.  In other words, games are discrete because nature is discrete.  And by the way, “discrete” has a hugely different meaning when you’re talking about a pixel on a computer screen and the tiniest particle in our “real world”.  Each pixel on the entire planet – every pixel on every screen – has literally billions of neutrinos (emitted from our sun) passing through it each second.  Not only that, but the Universe seems to be infinite, and to continue infinitely – not a discrete quantity there.  So basically, I’m trying to kill the thought process many will have when they read that article – “whoah, we’re basically in a video game already, dude.”

I tend to think that we’re information-creating beings – beautiful diamonds that evolve in a perfectly decaying universe, like our own.  We take increasing entropy and through creative and explanatory powers we make things with very low entropy.  Interesting, beautiful, profound things.  As we evolve quicker and quicker, we’ll certainly create virtual people.  Almost definitely, as far as I’m concerned.  But wouldn’t we find it ethical to let them know that it’s all a video game at some point?  Through all the suffering in the world, could an evolved super-intelligence really sit back and chill without intervention?

Here’s a beautiful thought.  Maybe in another universe in the multiverse an intelligent civilization evolved to the point where they set into motion another big bang, the birth of our universe.  And because they live in another universe, they can’t interact with their creation at all.  Maybe it’s the ultimate act of a dying universe – a species becomes hyper-intelligent and creates order and beauty throughout the universe – and then sets into motion a new universe or series of universes to play out however they play out.

It’s a profoundly beautiful thought to me.

MP3s, Time Warner spot, Cruise Elroy, etc

Hey guys….. thanks for all the comments on the Time Warner commercial.  I’ll post a link to it very soon.  My song on a prime-time television ad?  It’s very cool.  And just the beginning!  I just did a Google spot that is going out, and working on an IBM spot this week….

First things first.  If you don’t have any Chris Merritt tracks, here’s a bunch of free mp3s.  Dig in.  You’ll dig ‘em.


Our newest project is a brand new band called Cruise Elroy and it will be unveiled very soon.  It will make your face explode?


Papered Face

My old band, Paperface, has come up in conversation lately in one form or another.  Here’s one off our record The Legend Of Harley Knowles.  It’s called Darkside.

Someday, I want to re-release this record.  Jake Thro did some awesome mixes that need to see the light of day once more.

Black Star

Newly discovered black hole rips apart a star.

Here’s what the inside of our galaxy, which has a supermassive black hole in the chewy center, looks like.  This galaxy, this galaxy, and this galaxy have black holes in the center.  We can observe over 200 billion galaxies from Earth (with technology) and there are thought to be 300 billion more in our “observable” universe.  Most, if not all galaxies have supermassive black holes in their centers.

This is an amazing version of a great song by Radiohead called Black Star.

Nice Bright Colors

Waits For It

This man is the ultimate performer.

Cure Cancer… Sure We Can’t, Sir?

A German research center has developed a virus that seeks cancer cells and destroys them.  Phenomenal!

This is what I don’t understand.  Humans are capable of huge feats of problem-solving, right?  On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced his goal of sending an American to the Moon before the end of the decade.  At the time, it seemed impossible.  But as creative and ambitious, positive and science-minded Americans, we delivered.  We had no answers at all, but we believed in science, hard work, and the infinite possibilities of the human condition.  And yet, in these times of even greater potential, we seem negative, and even spiteful of progress and science.  We see progress causing problems, and we turn to superstition, instead of solving a whole new host of challenges.

I want to see a leader announce the death of cancer by the end of the decade.  Not a near-cure.  Not a pretty effective therapy.  A complete, quick, easy, inexpensive cure for the most dangerous disease humans face.  It doesn’t even seem that far a stretch – not even close to putting a human on another planetoid.  We already seem to be making fascinating headway.

I want to see a population of people excited about progress again.  Excited about the human spirit.  Excited about saving the lives of millions of conscious beings.  And, in the meantime, it would also conveniently solve some of our economic problems.  It would also teach us new incredible things about human health, what diseases are, and how chemistry can create life as we know it, on this beautiful, lonely, blue marble hurdling through the cold vacuum of space.

Not All Scientists Are Cox

But this one is.  Everyone should watch this.  I promise it will entertain the hell out of you and also you will look and feel much smarter.  Notice how human apes have peered into the smallest and largest reaches of reality using creativity, problem-solving, and mathematics.  An it’s all yours at the clicky of a thingy.

Careful, though, the nerds are angry.  (PS, I think it’s cool that these physicists made this video.  I hate the top comment.  People don’t understand that in science, arguments are constant and interesting, and lead to new conversations and discoveries.)

Cloning Jeff Goldblum

The rumor:  Billionaire Clive Barker is planning to clone a dinosaur from DNA and keep it at a high-end resort.

Some other guys are pretty sure they can clone a Wooly Mammoth.  Although I’ve been hearing about that for years.

We’ve already cloned plant life – extinct since the Ice Age until the appearance of problem-solving apes.

In related media, here’s a great Jeff Goldblum impression. (fixed thanks Garrett)