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Author Lee Bloomquist wrote on Jan. 10, 2017 @ 21:50 GMT
Essay Abstract

This is a toy model of dark energy.

Author Bio

Lee Bloomquist is a retired Engineer, who also worked as an industrial researcher. He learned of the theory of information in this paper (Jon Barwise's informationalism) from organizing a workshop at Stanford's Center for the Study of Language and Information with Keith Devlin and Ted Goranson: The Business Applications of Situation Theory. From the workshop and from what he had learned about physics at Macalester College, he saw there was "the Born infomrophism." This essay is an attempt to inform physicists who might be able to use the information.

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Gary D. Simpson wrote on Jan. 12, 2017 @ 15:58 GMT
Lee,

Many thanks for an interesting read. I had to study it a little while to understand your nomenclature but it is worthwhile.

Your essay seems to argue that an object has a physical property that allows it to predict the future! To some, this might seem impossible, but to me, this seems very possible. You might find my essay to be interesting in this regard. I will combine your thoughts with mine and speculate that our reference frame is moving in a direction wherein the objects in our reference frame have a very slight thickness. And that this allows these objects to know what is about to happen:-)

Best Regards,

Gary Simpson

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Author Lee Bloomquist replied on Jan. 13, 2017 @ 03:08 GMT
Thanks Gary. Looks like you are interested in the Division Algebras. They are fascinating. Division let's you say things about "possibility." If that interests you, there's something about it in the first section of a paper you can download here. I wonder what it would mean for the wave functions you are studying.



Joe Fisher replied on Jan. 14, 2017 @ 16:59 GMT
Dear Mr. Bloomquist,

All visible objects have a real surface. As I have thoughtfully pointed out in my brilliant essay, SCORE ONE FOR SIMPLICITY, the real Universe consists only of one unified visible infinite surface occurring in one infinite dimension, that am always illuminated by infinite non-surface light. Reality am NOT guesswork.

Joe Fisher, Realist

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Author Lee Bloomquist replied on Jan. 15, 2017 @ 01:56 GMT
Thanks for commenting, Joe. Reminds me of-- "Darkness sees no light and light sees no darkness."




Satyavarapu Naga Parameswara Gupta wrote on Feb. 9, 2017 @ 00:59 GMT
Very nice essay Bloomquest,

Very good idea and logic is good. Probably you need to make some corrections in your essay. In page 7 last para and in page 8 first and second para… You mentioned dark energy and Blackhole. These concepts not required. They are not even required in large scale universe also. Physics at large scales can be explained without these in a much better way. Probably you also can find a better explanation using some other concepts. I was also thinking about this, we can discuss it later.

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Author Lee Bloomquist wrote on Feb. 10, 2017 @ 02:41 GMT
Thanks for commenting!

More generally the idea is to look for equations that might reveal an information channel between different parts of the same system (as when using certain maths, the Born rule can be used to construct an information channel between the nonStandardFuture and the nonStandardPast).

As another example, the equation defining proper time in terms of coordinate time could be used to construct an information channel from a model of entanglement to a model of spacetime.




Member George F. R. Ellis wrote on Feb. 19, 2017 @ 07:07 GMT
Dear Lee

this is a very interesting essay. I very much like the breadth of vision. And I agree very much about Feynman and wandering.

Two specific issues. First, your concept of the origin of dark energy may relate to a very interesting paper by Thibaut Josset, Alejandro Perez, Daniel Sudarsky: arXiv:1604.04183.

Second, Probability Learning is crucial to life: it is adaptation at the psychological level. But it does not have to be based on fear. Cooperation could be more fundamental.

Best wishes

George

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Author Lee Bloomquist wrote on Feb. 19, 2017 @ 23:53 GMT
Professor Ellis,

First I must express my sincere respect. You have been recognized by Nelson Mandela for your opposition to apartheid. Perhaps of related interest, I have recently watched the video of a speaker in Soweto say that now South Africa has the chance to light, and lead, the world in peace.

Second, your essay demonstrates the logical equations of physics and then the logical languages of living systems. Ted Goranson, who then worked for ARPA and co-organized the workshop with myself and others on "The Business Applications of Situation Theory," has since that time begun to explore "apoptosis." He is now working with others on a "situation theoretic" approach to the hierarchy of systems you describe— in some ways differently, in some ways similarly. Situation theory takes context quite seriously— as do you. My starting point was Jon Barwise's "The Situation in Logic."

Third, this is a wonderful paper on dark energy. It recovers the Born rule! I have put that equation on my list of those I must study. In my own essay I see the signature of a learning algorithm in the Born rule. What is being learned? The laws of physics— in context! Abstracting this situation into a study of probability learning using game theory— "forces" become learning. And, the game takes energy— energy which in the game is hidden from the player. And also, hidden when we see in its expanding effects on the Universe. And, there is thermodynamic waste, by analogy from the thermodynamic engine of probability learning. The basic forces of the Universe, in this abstraction, become "entropic." Perhaps as in the above equation.

Fourth, at the highest level of life (arguably, our own) I agree that cooperation is indeed fundamental. "Wandering towards a goal" then suggests to me the fixed point as way to illustrate a kind of cooperation. Say that in a shopping mall my goal is the sporting goods store. So I stand in front of the map of the mall. What enables me to plan a path towards my goal is that there is, on the map in front of me, the point "You are here." Which is where I actually stand in the mall. Without this "fixed point" I would be faced with a random walk towards the goal (unless I am willing to ask strangers— an unlikely event for me as the typical male).

The fixed point-- "You are here"-- enables me more efficiently and more effectively to move towards my goal. It's a kind of cooperation. However to me, the key in an effective use of a map for moving towards a goal is first to know where I am. So I first focus on "self." Without that focus, this manner of cooperation would not be possible. After "self" is identified both in the real world and on the map, then a goal can be located on the map and a route in the real world planned towards that goal.

Applying the mathematical idea of "fixed point" to the process of traveling towards a goal works not only for this map of a shopping mall, but perhaps also for the classic and well known story of a journey told many centuries ago by Parmenides (friend of Zeno, who devised his "paradoxes" as an attempt to help Parmenides). The goal in Parmenides' story is to enter a hidden world. Applying the mathematical idea of "fixed point" to the map of a mall and also— to this well known story— may demonstrate a way for goals and a manner of cooperation to enter otherwise "mindless" mathematics.

Learning from the map might be the kind of cooperation needed. Someone in those days learning from Parmenides' story might be the needed cooperation.




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