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I believe the analysis of the Norton Dome is flawed (as many philosophers thought experiments). The ball does not stay at rest and start to move spontaneously in the absence of any force. If there were no forces it will stay there forever. The reason it starts to move is some small perturbations. They could be either external (random variations in pressure ...


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Just wanted to add that the Simulation Hypothesis [1] [2] (SH) may suggest an answer. SH implies that there is a non-zero chance that we are in fact in a computer simulation. If this simulation is anything like the simulations we currently create, then it implies that the rules defined in the simulation code would appear to us as fundamental, irreducible ...



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