The Philosophers DAO is very glad of launching this artistic bounty. Philosophy is full of thought experiments, that are deeply important to argue for or against a certain thesis. We want to see NEAR community to express its creativity by creating art from philosophical thought experiments and thus learn a little bit about these experiments. This one tells us about determinism and makes us think about the possibility of freewill. Let the philosophical thought experiment be your inspiration, and bring us your art!
We will give 100 usd in near or dai (according to the best convenience of the dao and in the conversion rate used for NEAR to pay the DAO), for the 4 best pieces of art. The pieces of art must not be minted, because they are going to be minted by us, with the due credits, in our Mintbase store and with royalties and revenue splitted equally between the artist and The Philosophers DAO. In case the piece of art is not an image or gif, it must come with a cover image. We accept as pieces of art: images, including memes, gifs, GAN, videos, poetry, 3d objects; and they should express in a very creative way the following thought experiment:
Thought experiment: Laplace’s Demon
The laws of classical mechanics, as written down by people like Newton, Lagrange and others, gives us a framework to calculate the future motion of bodies or particles if we know the current position and speed of the particle. Laplace’s demon (although there isn’t really a demon!) takes this idea and confronts head-on the ideas of determinism and free will. Laplace stated that, if we believe classical mechanics, we can know the past and future positions and speeds of all atoms in the universe provided we know their positions and speeds at some point in time. In essence it means the universe is somehow clockwork and the state of the universe (and hence us) is pre-determined for all time. This is clearly a very profound statement, and one incompatible with quantum mechanics. Where does it leave personal choice?
“We may regard the present state of the universe as the effect of its past and the cause of its future. An intellect which at a certain moment would know all forces that set nature in motion, and all positions of all items of which nature is composed, if this intellect were also vast enough to submit these data to analysis, it would embrace in a single formula the movements of the greatest bodies of the universe and those of the tiniest atom; for such an intellect nothing would be uncertain and the future just like the past would be present before its eyes.”
Pierre Simon Laplace, A Philosophical Essay on Probabilities.
Consultant: Dr ROBERT APPLEBY
We will close this bounty June 29th, 2022, when The Philosophers DAO is going to choose the 4 best pieces of art.
Please, submit your art here, as a comment.
Thank you all for participating.
Let’s bring philosophy to the blockchain through art!