Originally posted by KBadger
What exists before a computer program is written and then entered?
Before a computer program is written, then entered, it exists in potentials. It is composed of the energy/effort that is used to write the code.
Whether it is electrical energy or biological energy, the program is made of this.
The different steps that must be performed to create the program are the ingredients of the program itself. While the actions and elements themselves
resemble nothing like a program by themselves, when they are combined a transformation occurs.
Adding different elements can cause a reaction that produces something entirely unrecognizable when it's compared to the individual actions/elements
used to create it.
Everything is created through a series of processes that combine to form all the different aspects of reality.
Build a giant sand castle and you can easily identify what the collective grains of sand are doing. Tear the castle down and you have no trace it ever
existed, even though every part of it stilll exists. It would be a near impossibility to reconstruct the sand castle using only the original grains of
sand used to build it, but it is possible, because all those grains of sand exist, as does the physical energy and intellect required for assembly.
Same principle goes for a sheet of paper... burn a sheet of paper and it turns to ash. Rebuilding the paper would be nearly impossible as well, but it
can be done, because all elements/ingredients still exist.
A computer program exists before it's construction much like a plank of wood flooring does...
The tree sprouts and becomes mature. It can not become a plank of flooring on it's own, it requires the combination of other elements to create the
plank. So the plank of flooring consists of the tree and all the energy used to mill the board, such as physical muscle, fuel, friction from a saw
I'm not saying the foundation of a computer program grows from the Earth, just that all elements needed to compose the program exist in physical
reality, and require only proper assembly to bring it into existence as a program...
I have an idea that our material reality probably originally existed in a different form and only became our current reality when the proper
ingredients were put in place.
1 dimension matter (including dark matter and ), 1 dimension time. Individually (the potential for open space could be a feature of either temporal or
material dimension - I think it is a feature of the temporal dimension, completely empty, allowing the material dimension to expand within it),
neither are in any way recognizable to what we see them as today.
However, when the 2 dimension came in contact, the 'Big Bang' happened. Matter existed before this, but, because there was no time, the matter could
not be detected - it was undetectable, since there was no time and all measurment and observation requires the passing of time.
The time dimension was also unrecognizable, because there was no matter present to be measured.
The combination of the two dimensions is what began reality's evolution, leading to the material world we know today.
Probably incorrect, but it is just an idea...
edit on 28-5-2013 by esteay812 because: the 'dead space' needed to be reduced