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A Plea to Let Researchers Try New Paths
Nov 6, 2016
In an opinion piece in Nature, FQXi's Gerardo Adesso and colleagues argue that to pursue the most important research, scientists must be allowed to shift their focus. Read more about Adesso's work on Quantum Cybernetics here.

Quantum Brains?!?
Nov 4, 2016
Watch Matthew Fisher's talk at our 2016 meeting in Banff, and read more about his ideas on quantum consciousness in Quanta Magazine.

Looking to the Future
May 26, 2016
To understand quantum phenomena, we may need to think about time in a different way, according to FQXi members Ken Wharton and Huw Price. They make their case in the latest issue of Nautilus.

 
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The Disintegration of the Moon; Art & Jazz Meet...
By ZEEYA MERALI
While you weren’t looking, more content from FQXi’s 5th International meeting in Banff has started to trickle through, including a bit more audio and a lot more video. Thanks for your patience.

First up, Brendan Foster and I recorded a...

FQXi Essay Contest 2016: Wandering Towards a Goal
By BRENDAN FOSTER
In physics we tend to stick to asking what happened, how did it happen? We like to describe, usually in minute details. We like to use the smallest possible components, “building blocks”, “unit cells".

But there are other ways to think...

What Happens Inside the Wavefunction? Sean Carroll...
By ZEEYA MERALI
Updated on 11 November 2016. Video of Sean Carroll's' talk is now up. More video is available on FQXi's youtube channel.

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From 21 August 2016:

On Friday, cosmologist Sean Carroll...




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Science & Creativity: Conversation with bestselling science fiction author Neal Stephenson, artist Jayne Tollaksen, and musical physicists Ian Durham, Stephon Alexander & Brendan Foster. With Zeeya Merali.
Max Tegmark on measuring consciousness in the lab -- and finding a hidden dimension in natural language. From the 5th FQXi Meeting.
Sean Carroll asks What Happens Inside the Wavefunction? From the 5th FQXi International Meeting.



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Ultimate Reality
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...

Ultimate Reality
Alternative Models of Reality
By ZEEYA MERALI
If you have an unconventional, alternative model of reality, then this is the place to discuss it. (This is for contributors who have preliminary ideas and would like feedback, but do not have an academic paper or arXiv preprint and have not given a...

Cosmology
Alternative Models of Cosmology
By ANONYMOUS
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...

 
NEW ARTICLES


Riding the Rogue Quantum Waves
By STEVEN ASHLEY • Nov 6, 2016
Could giant sea swells help explain how the macroscopic world emerges from the quantum microworld? (Image credit: MIT News)
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Rescuing Reality
By KATE BECKER • Oct 5, 2016
A "retrocausal" rewrite of physics, in which influences from the future can affect the past, could solve some quantum quandaries—saving Einstein's view of reality along the way.
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Untangling Quantum Causation
By NICOLA JONES • Jul 25, 2016
Figuring out if A causes B should help to write the rulebook for quantum physics.
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In Search of a Quantum Spacetime
By SOPHIE HEBDEN • Jun 22, 2016
Finding the universe's wavefunction could be the key to understanding the emergence of reality.
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Collapsing Physics: Q&A with Catalina Oana Curceanu
By CARINNE PIEKEMA • May 24, 2016
Tests of a rival to quantum theory, taking place in the belly of the Gran Sasso d'Italia mountain, could reveal how the fuzzy subatomic realm of possibilities comes into sharp macroscopic focus.
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Dropping Schrödinger's Cat Into a Black Hole
By ANIL ANANTHASWAMY • May 5, 2016
Combining gravity with the process that transforms the fuzzy uncertainty of the quantum realm into the definite classical world we see around us could lead to a theory of quantum gravity.
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Does Quantum Weirdness Arise When Parallel Classical Worlds Repel?
By STEVEN ASHLEY • Apr 15, 2016
Quantum mechanics could derive from subtle interactions among unseen neighboring universes
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Wrinkles in Spacetime
By COLIN STUART • Mar 31, 2016
Searching for defects in the fabric of the cosmos could help physicists home in on the correct theory of quantum gravity.
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Blurring Causal Lines
By CARINNE PIEKEMA • Feb 29, 2016
Quantum experiments mix past and future on the microscopic scale—opening the door to faster computers and revising our notion of causality.
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The Quantum Reality Paradox
By KATE BECKER • Nov 18, 2015
How the search for God’s limits led to the discovery of quantum contextuality—a weird phenomenon that could provide the 'magic' needed for super-fast computing.
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