Current Essay Contest

Previous Contests

Trick or Truth: The Mysterious Connection Between Physics and Mathematics
Contest Partners: Nanotronics Imaging, The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation, and The John Templeton Foundation
Media Partner: Scientific American

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Show Me the Physics!
May 8, 2014 - November 14, 2014
Contest Partners: The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation and The John Templeton Foundation
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How Should Humanity Steer the Future?
January 9, 2014 - August 31, 2014
Contest Partners: Jaan Tallinn, The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation, The John Templeton Foundation, and Scientific American
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It From Bit or Bit From It
March 25 - June 28, 2013
Contest Partners: The Gruber Foundation, J. Templeton Foundation, and Scientific American
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Questioning the Foundations
Which of Our Basic Physical Assumptions Are Wrong?
May 24 - August 31, 2012
Contest Partners: The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation, SubMeta, and Scientific American
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Is Reality Digital or Analog?
November 2010 - February 2011
Contest Partners: The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation and Scientific American
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What's Ultimately Possible in Physics?
May - October 2009
Contest Partners: Astrid and Bruce McWilliams
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The Nature of Time
August - December 2008
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FQXi CONTESTS!
March 27, 2017


Current and Recent Contests

Video Contest:

Show Me the Physics!

This Contest is closed. View winners here.

Highest Rated Community Video

Dagomir Kaszlikowski

"Seeing Without Looking"

Essay Contest:

Wandering Towards a Goal

Deadline for submissions is March 3, 2017

Highest Rated Community Essay

Some physical entities, which we often refer to as agents, can be described as having intentions and engaging in goal-oriented behavior. Yet agents can also be described in terms of low-level dynamics that are mindless, intention-less, and without goals or purpose. How we can reconcile these seemingly disparate levels of description? This is especially problematic because the lower scales at first appear more fundament in three ways: in terms of their causal work, in terms of the amount of infor...

Community rating: 6.4    Public Rating: 6.3


This contest recently concluded. Please check back for our next video contest.

Highest Rated Videos by the Community:

Dagomir Kaszlikowski

"Seeing Without Looking"

Ian Harris, Grant Karolich

"Explained: Centripetal Force"

Highest Rated Videos by the Public:

Adam Katcher, Pedro Lisb√£o , Gino Knodel

"Quantum Harmonies of Gravity"


This contest is currently active. Please take a moment to review essay contest entries and vote!

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