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February 21, 2017



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How “Mindless” Hollow Sun Model Can Give Principally New Sources of Pure Energy by Alexander M. Ilyanok
10 posts  •  created by Alexander M. Ilyanok   •  Feb. 14, 2017 @ 17:16 GMT
Community Rating: 5.3 (6 ratings)   Public Rating: 8.1 (19 ratings)

We are together, therefore I am by Yehuda Atai
20 posts  •  created by Yehuda Atai   •  Feb. 7, 2017 @ 21:43 GMT
Community Rating: 3.7 (3 ratings)   Public Rating: 7.8 (33 ratings)

In all diorder but a secret order. by Diksha Dixit
11 posts  •  created by diksha dixit   •  Feb. 17, 2017 @ 20:42 GMT
Community Rating: N/A   Public Rating: 7.5 (4 ratings)

On Describing Intention with Mathematics: A Descriptive Requirement by Jack Hamilton James
28 posts  •  created by Jack Hamilton James   •  Jan. 23, 2017 @ 21:28 GMT
Community Rating: 5.0 (5 ratings)   Public Rating: 7.0 (22 ratings)

The Cosmic Computer: digital manipulation of matter, space and time by Mohamed Ali Haj Yousef
72 posts  •  created by Mohamed Ali Haj Yousef   •  Jan. 26, 2017 @ 20:18 GMT
Community Rating: 5.4 (5 ratings)   Public Rating: 7.0 (22 ratings)

Von Neumann Minds: A Toy Model of Meaning in a Natural World by Jochen Szangolies
41 posts  •  created by Jochen Szangolies   •  Jan. 27, 2017 @ 17:03 GMT
Community Rating: 6.8 (5 ratings)   Public Rating: 6.6 (8 ratings)

The Relation of Particle Numbers to Atomic Numbers by Jeff Yee
25 posts  •  created by Jeff Yee   •  Feb. 17, 2017 @ 20:42 GMT
Community Rating: 6.7 (6 ratings)   Public Rating: 6.5 (8 ratings)

Causes, Goals, and Reasons: Clarifying the meanings of teleology by Dan J. Bruiger
15 posts  •  created by Dan J. Bruiger   •  Jan. 26, 2017 @ 20:19 GMT
Community Rating: 6.8 (6 ratings)   Public Rating: 6.4 (7 ratings)

Emergence of life and consciousness in a purposeful universe by Rodolfo Gambini and Jorge Pullin
16 posts  •  created by Jorge Pullin   •  Jan. 12, 2017 @ 21:11 GMT
Community Rating: 7.1 (7 ratings)   Public Rating: 6.4 (7 ratings)

Meaning and Intentionality = Information + Evolution by Carlo Rovelli
38 posts  •  created by Carlo Rovelli   •  Jan. 10, 2017 @ 21:50 GMT
Community Rating: 7.3 (12 ratings)   Public Rating: 6.2 (9 ratings)

Purpose from Equations by Joseph Bisognano
7 posts  •  created by Joseph Bisognano   •  Feb. 7, 2017 @ 21:43 GMT
Community Rating: N/A   Public Rating: 6.0 (1 rating)

Towards More Reasonable Evolution by Eckard Blumschein
29 posts  •  created by Eckard Blumschein   •  Feb. 7, 2017 @ 21:43 GMT
Community Rating: 7.0 (1 rating)   Public Rating: 6.0 (1 rating)

Intentionality: Where Information Meets Complexity by Karl Coryat
15 posts  •  created by Karl H Coryat   •  Jan. 10, 2017 @ 21:51 GMT
Community Rating: 6.8 (6 ratings)   Public Rating: 6.0 (3 ratings)

Wandering Towards a Goal: The Key Role of Biomolecules by George F. R. Ellis
37 posts  •  created by George F. R. Ellis   •  Feb. 17, 2017 @ 21:15 GMT
Community Rating: 7.4 (7 ratings)   Public Rating: 5.7 (3 ratings)

Reality Re-Envisaged by George Arthur Simpson
32 posts  •  created by George Simpson   •  Feb. 10, 2017 @ 15:35 GMT
Community Rating: 4.7 (3 ratings)   Public Rating: 5.7 (3 ratings)

Where the Question Leads by H Chris Ransford
26 posts  •  created by H Chris Ransford   •  Jan. 18, 2017 @ 22:04 GMT
Community Rating: 5.6 (5 ratings)   Public Rating: 5.6 (15 ratings)

Revision 1-Mindless mathematical laws can not give rise to aims and intention? by Harry Hamlin Ricker III
36 posts  •  created by Harry Hamlin Ricker III   •  Feb. 3, 2017 @ 21:12 GMT
Community Rating: 4.3 (4 ratings)   Public Rating: 5.5 (6 ratings)

The irrational side of reality by Gerold Gruendler
15 posts  •  created by Gerold Gruendler   •  Jan. 18, 2017 @ 21:47 GMT
Community Rating: 4.5 (2 ratings)   Public Rating: 5.3 (7 ratings)

Magic of physics, math tricks and an observer - with his own brain by George Kirakosyan
25 posts  •  created by George Kirakosyan   •  Feb. 3, 2017 @ 21:12 GMT
Community Rating: 6.9 (7 ratings)   Public Rating: 5.3 (4 ratings)

Emergence by Antony Garrett Lisi
25 posts  •  created by Antony Garrett Lisi   •  Jan. 10, 2017 @ 21:51 GMT
Community Rating: 6.4 (10 ratings)   Public Rating: 5.3 (4 ratings)

Math Laws and Observer Wandering by Steve Agnew
33 posts  •  created by Steve Agnew   •  Jan. 10, 2017 @ 21:50 GMT
Community Rating: 4.3 (3 ratings)   Public Rating: 5.0 (2 ratings)

Classical Quantum Conciousness by Peter Jackson
41 posts  •  created by Peter Jackson   •  Feb. 14, 2017 @ 16:20 GMT
Community Rating: 5.9 (7 ratings)   Public Rating: 5.0 (1 rating)

The Nature of Mind: mindless math = projections on reality by Edwin Eugene Klingman
38 posts  •  created by Edwin Eugene Klingman   •  Feb. 7, 2017 @ 21:24 GMT
Community Rating: 7.2 (10 ratings)   Public Rating: 5.0 (4 ratings)

FREEING UP THE MACHINES - ON INDEPENDENT & INTENTIONAL SYSTEMS by Pawel Konzal
10 posts  •  created by Pawel Konzal   •  Feb. 14, 2017 @ 16:20 GMT
Community Rating: N/A   Public Rating: 5.0 (1 rating)

A Great-Grandfather's Search for Truth by Ronald Racicot
5 posts  •  created by Ronald Racicot   •  Feb. 17, 2017 @ 20:42 GMT
Community Rating: N/A   Public Rating: 5.0 (1 rating)

Five Part Harmony by Gary D. Simpson
47 posts  •  created by Gary D. Simpson   •  Jan. 10, 2017 @ 21:50 GMT
Community Rating: 6.3 (7 ratings)   Public Rating: 5.0 (4 ratings)

The key requirements that allow goal oriented structures to develop in the Universe by Declan Andrew Traill
23 posts  •  created by Declan Andrew Traill   •  Feb. 3, 2017 @ 21:12 GMT
Community Rating: 6.2 (6 ratings)   Public Rating: 5.0 (3 ratings)

An Appeal to Stop Doing Science by Mulugeta Wudu
38 posts  •  created by Mulugeta Wudu   •  Feb. 7, 2017 @ 21:43 GMT
Community Rating: 3.0 (4 ratings)   Public Rating: 5.0 (4 ratings)

Mathematically Mysterious by Andrew R. Scott
15 posts  •  created by Andrew R. Scott   •  Feb. 3, 2017 @ 21:12 GMT
Community Rating: 5.5 (4 ratings)   Public Rating: 4.9 (10 ratings)

Milgromian Cosmology, Wolframian Computing, and Primate Consciousness by David Brown
35 posts  •  created by David Brown   •  Jan. 12, 2017 @ 21:10 GMT
Community Rating: 5.6 (7 ratings)   Public Rating: 4.8 (6 ratings)

Goal → New Heuristic Model of Ideality: Logos → Coincidentia Oppositorum → Primordial Generating Structure by Vladimir I. Rogozhin
23 posts  •  created by Vladimir Rogozhin   •  Feb. 7, 2017 @ 21:43 GMT
Community Rating: 7.1 (7 ratings)   Public Rating: 4.8 (5 ratings)

Theoretical proof of biased will of nature as the origin of quantum mechanical results by Biswaranjan Dikshit
24 posts  •  created by Biswaranjan Dikshit   •  Jan. 31, 2017 @ 16:16 GMT
Community Rating: 6.0 (3 ratings)   Public Rating: 4.7 (3 ratings)

Choice Driven by Fear Is Universal, Consciousness Rare by Lee Bloomquist
12 posts  •  created by Lee Bloomquist   •  Jan. 10, 2017 @ 21:50 GMT
Community Rating: 5.7 (3 ratings)   Public Rating: 4.5 (2 ratings)

Meandering to the Origin by Irvon Eugene Clear
8 posts  •  created by Irvon Eugene Clear   •  Feb. 10, 2017 @ 15:19 GMT
Community Rating: N/A   Public Rating: 4.5 (2 ratings)

New paradigm of motion by Vladimir Rodin
8 posts  •  created by Vladimir Rodin   •  Feb. 10, 2017 @ 15:19 GMT
Community Rating: 5.3 (4 ratings)   Public Rating: 4.5 (2 ratings)

A Universe of information and consciousness by Patrick Tonin
22 posts  •  created by Patrick Tonin   •  Feb. 7, 2017 @ 21:43 GMT
Community Rating: 6.2 (6 ratings)   Public Rating: 4.5 (2 ratings)

The Processes of Life from Model Mechanics by Ken Hon Seto
21 posts  •  created by Ken Hon Seto   •  Jan. 27, 2017 @ 17:03 GMT
Community Rating: 5.0 (3 ratings)   Public Rating: 4.4 (9 ratings)

The Pivotal Role of Intentionality within the Neurosciences by John Edward LaMuth
24 posts  •  created by John Edward LaMuth   •  Jan. 10, 2017 @ 21:50 GMT
Community Rating: 5.7 (7 ratings)   Public Rating: 4.3 (3 ratings)

A Tragedy in Physics by John-Erik Persson
8 posts  •  created by John-Erik Persson   •  Feb. 14, 2017 @ 16:20 GMT
Community Rating: 4.7 (3 ratings)   Public Rating: 4.3 (3 ratings)

Gedankenexperiment by Al Schneider
4 posts  •  created by Al Schneider   •  Jan. 12, 2017 @ 21:10 GMT
Community Rating: 4.0 (1 rating)   Public Rating: 4.3 (3 ratings)

In Search of The Meaning of Meaning by Stefan Weckbach
32 posts  •  created by Stefan Weckbach   •  Jan. 18, 2017 @ 21:40 GMT
Community Rating: 6.5 (8 ratings)   Public Rating: 4.3 (3 ratings)

Distances, Locations, Ages and Reproduction of Galaxies in our Dynamic Universe by Satyavarapu Naga Parameswara Gupta
80 posts  •  created by Satyavarapu Naga Parameswara Gupta   •  Jan. 26, 2017 @ 20:19 GMT
Community Rating: 5.1 (12 ratings)   Public Rating: 4.3 (4 ratings)

Intelligent species from first principles by Hans van Leunen
27 posts  •  created by Hans van Leunen   •  Jan. 10, 2017 @ 21:50 GMT
Community Rating: 4.7 (6 ratings)   Public Rating: 4.3 (4 ratings)

SCORE ONE FOR SIMPLICITY by Joe Fisher
55 posts  •  created by Joe Fisher   •  Jan. 10, 2017 @ 21:50 GMT
Community Rating: 3.0 (15 ratings)   Public Rating: 4.1 (16 ratings)

An indestructible Cosmos striving to attain self-realization by Jose P. Koshy
30 posts  •  created by Jose P. Koshy   •  Jan. 10, 2017 @ 21:51 GMT
Community Rating: 6.0 (6 ratings)   Public Rating: 3.7 (3 ratings)

The Theory of Unity between the Whole and its Parts by Branko L Zivlak
27 posts  •  created by Branko L Zivlak   •  Jan. 27, 2017 @ 17:03 GMT
Community Rating: 5.8 (5 ratings)   Public Rating: 3.7 (3 ratings)

Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice by James Lee Hoover
16 posts  •  created by James Lee Hoover   •  Jan. 31, 2017 @ 16:16 GMT
Community Rating: 6.6 (7 ratings)   Public Rating: 3.5 (2 ratings)

Mathematical Foundation of Human Cognitive Categories of Aims and Intentions by Joseph J. Jean-Claude
30 posts  •  created by Joseph J. Jean-Claude   •  Jan. 18, 2017 @ 21:58 GMT
Community Rating: 5.3 (4 ratings)   Public Rating: 3.3 (3 ratings)

There are no goals as such its all a play by sridattadev kancharla
26 posts  •  created by sridattadev kancharla   •  Feb. 7, 2017 @ 21:43 GMT
Community Rating: 5.2 (5 ratings)   Public Rating: 3.0 (2 ratings)

The Character between Teleology and Deontology by Muder H. Moldier
5 posts  •  created by Muder H. Moldier   •  Feb. 14, 2017 @ 16:21 GMT
Community Rating: N/A   Public Rating: 3.0 (1 rating)

Proton Three Plane Immersion Connection Theory by Francis Duane Moore
6 posts  •  created by Francis Duane Moore   •  Jan. 18, 2017 @ 21:44 GMT
Community Rating: 3.5 (2 ratings)   Public Rating: 3.0 (4 ratings)

Ma-thematical Logic, Temporal Knowledge and the Arrow of Causation by Stephen I. Ternyik
21 posts  •  created by Stephen I. Ternyik   •  Jan. 18, 2017 @ 21:54 GMT
Community Rating: 4.2 (6 ratings)   Public Rating: 3.0 (4 ratings)

Creating (Recycling) the Universe from Mathematics To Give It Aims and Intention by Rodney Bartlett
12 posts  •  created by Rodney Bartlett   •  Jan. 18, 2017 @ 22:05 GMT
Community Rating: 5.0 (3 ratings)   Public Rating: 2.5 (4 ratings)

Are Mathematical Laws Truly Mindless? by Paul N Butler
35 posts  •  created by Paul N Butler   •  Jan. 27, 2017 @ 17:03 GMT
Community Rating: 1.8 (4 ratings)   Public Rating: 2.5 (4 ratings)

A Letter from God by Richard P Dolan
8 posts  •  created by Richard P Dolan   •  Feb. 17, 2017 @ 20:42 GMT
Community Rating: 5.0 (2 ratings)   Public Rating: 2.5 (2 ratings)

The Arrow of Entropy by Gene H Barbee
8 posts  •  created by Gene H Barbee   •  Feb. 14, 2017 @ 16:21 GMT
Community Rating: 5.0 (1 rating)   Public Rating: 2.0 (1 rating)

THE PURPOSE OF LIFE by Wilhelmus de de WILDE
32 posts  •  created by Wilhelmus de Wilde   •  Feb. 17, 2017 @ 21:18 GMT
Community Rating: 5.3 (3 ratings)   Public Rating: 2.0 (1 rating)

Putting the Elephants to Work by Jonathan J. Dickau
20 posts  •  created by Jonathan J. Dickau   •  Feb. 17, 2017 @ 20:42 GMT
Community Rating: 6.8 (4 ratings)   Public Rating: 2.0 (1 rating)

Goal, free-will and qualia in biological evolution by Janko Kokosar
3 posts  •  created by Janko Kokosar   •  Feb. 17, 2017 @ 20:42 GMT
Community Rating: N/A   Public Rating: 2.0 (1 rating)

Wandering with the Wind by MIROSLAW KOZLOWSKI
9 posts  •  created by MIROSLAW KOZLOWSKI   •  Jan. 10, 2017 @ 21:51 GMT
Community Rating: 6.0 (1 rating)   Public Rating: 2.0 (1 rating)

On the philosophical implications of the Mathematical Universe Hypothesis, or, Watch me tread water in the swamp of relativism. by Victor Usack
5 posts  •  created by Victor Usack   •  Feb. 17, 2017 @ 20:54 GMT
Community Rating: 5.8 (4 ratings)   Public Rating: 2.0 (1 rating)

The Open World and the Emergence of Consciousness by Lawrence B. Crowell
22 posts  •  created by Lawrence B. Crowell   •  Feb. 3, 2017 @ 21:12 GMT
Community Rating: 6.4 (5 ratings)   Public Rating: 1.3 (3 ratings)

Mathematics and life goals have the same source -- nature by John C Hodge
29 posts  •  created by John C Hodge   •  Jan. 10, 2017 @ 21:51 GMT
Community Rating: 6.2 (6 ratings)   Public Rating: 1.3 (3 ratings)

New physics for a new goal, by DURGA DAS DATTA.
4 posts  •  created by DURGA DAS DATTA.   •  Jan. 27, 2017 @ 17:03 GMT
Community Rating: 1.0 (1 rating)   Public Rating: 1.0 (2 ratings)

TIME ORIGIN, DEFINITION AND EMPIRICAL MEANING FOR PHYSICISTS by Héctor Daniel Gianni
6 posts  •  created by Héctor Daniel Gianni   •  Feb. 17, 2017 @ 21:08 GMT
Community Rating: N/A   Public Rating: 1.0 (1 rating)

On the Art of Programming an Intelligent Universe by Malcolm Macleod
11 posts  •  created by Malcolm Macleod   •  Feb. 3, 2017 @ 21:12 GMT
Community Rating: 4.5 (2 ratings)   Public Rating: 1.0 (1 rating)

FROM LAWS TO AIMS & INTENTIONS - A UNIVERSAL MODEL INTEGRATING MATTER, MIND, CONSCIOUSNESS, AND PURPOSE by Avtar Singh
23 posts  •  created by Avtar Singh   •  Feb. 3, 2017 @ 21:12 GMT
Community Rating: 5.0 (4 ratings)   Public Rating: 1.0 (1 rating)

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