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Our Not-So-Special Universe
By ZEEYA MERALI
Last year we briefly noted that a paper by FQXi grant winner Fred Adams was getting a lot of attention on science websites. The paper caused a stir because it called into question whether some of the fundamental constants in the universe really are...
By WILLIAM OREM
Diving into Thomas Nagel's "Mind and Cosmos" (subtitle: "Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False"), I experienced a vague but mounting sense of apprehension--the type one gets during the wine and cheese at a...
Essay Contest 2013: It From Bit, or Bit From It?
By BRENDAN FOSTER
Without further ado, I am happy to announce the start of FQXi's 2013 Essay Contest!
Our new topic:
It From Bit or Bit From It?
The past century in fundamental physics has shown a steady progression away from thinking about...
NEW PODCAST EPISODES
What the Planck results & others mean for the universe; Nobel laureate Brian Schmidt recalls discovering dark energy; New FQXi essay contest hints & tips; & Computing with DNA
Diverting asteroids headed for Earth; how the Higgs could destroy the Universe; SQUID experiments create light from the quantum vacuum; & does photosynthesis in plants have quantum roots?
Is God a good cosmological theory? Would God *choose* to create a multiverse?; How quantum effects help birds navigate; & How the laws of physics we perceive may depend on our choice of clock.
FEATURED FQXi MEMBER VIDEOS
Alternative Models of Cosmology
In cosmology, it is believed that regions of space on `opposite' sides of the universe are too far apart to have ever been causally connected. That is, they are outside each other's `particle horizon'. Consequently, it is difficult to explain the...
Classical Spheres, Division Algebras, and the...
By JOY CHRISTIAN
I wish to mention a recent preprint of mine---this one---which is about the prevalent (but false) belief in “quantum non-locality.” I am, in fact, required to post this link here, because this preprint is part of my forthcoming book on Bell’s Theorem...
Tegmark's Mathematical Universe
By ANTHONY AGUIRRE
While he would be too modest to toot his own horn, there's nothing stopping me from pointing out that 'mad Max' has recently put out a very interesting paper on whether all possible formal systems (and the 'physical' universes that some subset of...