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Looking to the Future
May 26, 2016
To understand quantum phenomena, we made 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.

Music of the Universe
Apr 27, 2016
Physicist, saxophonist and FQXi member Stephon Alexander muses on the secret link between music and the structure of the universe in his new book The Jazz of Physics.

Poetic Contemplation of Physics
Mar 13, 2016
FQXi's Carlo Rovelli speaks to The Wall Street Journal about his bestselling book, Seven Brief Lessons in Physics.

 

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Physics of the Observer - Call for Proposals and...
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And now, we’d like to announce the beginning of an ambitious new program, investigating Physics of the Observer.

We’re asking you to take a long hard look at yourself — and to think about what it means to be an "observer". Many problems...

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After a bit of a break, the FQXi podcast returns!

In the news round-up, Brendan Foster and I chat about the MICROSCOPE satellite experiment, which was launched in April to put the equivalence principle--and general relativity--to the test....

Measuring Consciousness in the Lab
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If you're driving, you're having a subjective experience of colors, sounds and vibrations. But does a self-driving car have a subjective experience? Does it feel like anything at all to be a self-driving car, or is it a zombie in the sense of having...




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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...

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Alternative Models of Cosmology
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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...

Cosmic Origins
Is the Past Infinite?
By WILLIAM OREM
I interviewed some non-mainstream cosmologists last year for an article, such as those at the Alternative Cosmology Group who hosted the Crisis in Cosmology conference in Portugal in 2005. These are credible folks who think the Standard Model (the...

 
NEW ARTICLES


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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Quantum Cybernetics
By NATHAN COLLINS • Oct 1, 2015
The quest for a meta-theory of quantum control that could one day explain physical systems, certain biological phenomena—and maybe even politics.
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Video Article: Solar-System-Sized Experiment to Put Time to the Test
By STEVEN ASHLEY • Aug 26, 2015
Is quantum theory or relativity right about the nature of time? Bouncing radar beams off the moons of Jupiter just might help sort things out.
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Conjuring a Neutron Star from a Nanowire
By CARINNE PIEKEMA • Jul 23, 2015
Using tiny mechanical devices to create accelerations equivalent to 100 million times the Earth’s gravitational field—mimicking the arena of quantum gravity in the lab.
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Inferring the Limits on Reality (that Even the Gods Must Obey)
By ANIL ANANTHASWAMY • Jun 24, 2015
The fuzziness of the quantum realm could arise from mathematical restrictions on what can ever be known.
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The Quantum Thermodynamic Revolution
By COLIN STUART • May 20, 2015
Combining theories of quantum information with the science of heat and energy transfer could lead to new technologies.
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Face Off: Building a Toy Universe to Pit Quantum Theory Against Gravity
By NICOLA JONES • Apr 24, 2015
Using superconducting circuits to create a curved-spacetime analog with stronger gravity than our cosmos.
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