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Peter Jackson: on 3/27/17 at 13:43pm UTC, wrote Richard, Nice approach and a welcome relief from the ever deeper confusion...

Alexey/Lev Burov: on 3/24/17 at 0:56am UTC, wrote Dear Richard, It's a lovely essay, suggesting a nice introduction to some...

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Don Limuti: on 3/10/17 at 6:14am UTC, wrote Hi Dick, Nice refreshing essay. I like it very much even though I find the...

Sylvain Poirier: on 3/5/17 at 12:25pm UTC, wrote I just looked a little further at your writings and found your conception...

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April 23, 2017

CATEGORY: Wandering Towards a Goal Essay Contest (2016-2017) [back]
TOPIC: A Letter from God by Richard P Dolan [refresh]
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Author Richard P Dolan wrote on Feb. 17, 2017 @ 20:42 GMT
Essay Abstract

Fed up with physicists lamenting their inability to achieve the next big breakthrough while looking at the world backwards, God lets us know that it’s not mindless mathematical laws that give rise to everything, but consciousness, aka existence.

Author Bio

Richard P. Dolan Dick Dolan is a retired electrical engineer, former editor of the late Hewlett-Packard Journal, and author of Dick’s Reality—A Physics Blog (

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William Walker wrote on Feb. 17, 2017 @ 22:29 GMT
Hey Richard!.. I mean Dick (Breakfast Club... get it? ;)...

Loved the paper! especially the ending... just wait until you see my paper...;)

Will I AM Walker

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Satyavarapu Naga Parameswara Gupta wrote on Feb. 17, 2017 @ 23:40 GMT
Dear Richard P Dolan,

Good essay on Freewill...

Your (Gods) words are nice... "“What about free will? Don’t humans have free will?” Well, since I never change, free will is meaningless to me. "

Have look at my essay also…

Best Wishes..

=snp. gupta

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Edwin Eugene Klingman wrote on Feb. 18, 2017 @ 03:47 GMT
Dear Dick Dolan,

Very, very nice essay. You are right, of course, but on a higher level than is typically the content of these essays. If you haven't read Alan Watts (This is It, The Book, etc.) you might enjoy him. He wrote your essay in the 70s.

I think you say just about all it's possible to say, but since people here are looking for math or physics explanations, you probably won't win the big prize!

A number of us agree that "mindless mathematical laws don't give rise to anything", but a surprising number don't.

Welcome to the fray (or play as you more wisely put it.)

I invite you to read my essay, but you won't learn anything you don't already know.

Thanks for most informative and entertaining essay.

Best regards,

Edwin Eugene Klingman

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Joe Fisher wrote on Feb. 18, 2017 @ 15:54 GMT
Dear Editor Dolan,

Please excuse me for I have no intention of disparaging in any way any part of your essay.

I merely wish to point out that “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955) Physicist & Nobel Laureate.”

Only nature could produce a reality so simple, a single cell amoeba could deal with it.

The real Universe must consist only of one unified visible infinite physical surface occurring in one infinite dimension, that am always illuminated by infinite non-surface light.

A more detailed explanation of natural reality can be found in my essay, SCORE ONE FOR SIMPLICITY. I do hope that you will read my essay and perhaps comment on its merit.

Joe Fisher, Realist

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sridattadev kancharla wrote on Feb. 20, 2017 @ 22:30 GMT
Dear Richard,

Yes indeed absolute consciousness is the GOD. Know thyself to know it all.



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sridattadev kancharla wrote on Feb. 20, 2017 @ 22:41 GMT
Oh my GOD, absolutely brilliant letter, loved it, i hope you will love this one too from your alternate self, GOD there are no goals it's all play.


atemporal i aka GOD.

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Sylvain Poirier wrote on Feb. 23, 2017 @ 12:30 GMT
Hello. I see this as the best essay I saw so far in this year's contest; still in details I have some disagreements (so yes this means I generally see others I looked at as rubbish; I won't even care to comment on details).

- It is a pity you just simply dismissed the topic of mathematics, hardly saying any word about the nature of mathematics and whether and how math may have anything to...

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Author Richard P Dolan wrote on Feb. 23, 2017 @ 23:16 GMT
Hello Sylvain,

Thanks for the compliment and for your thoughtful comments. I’m sure you can appreciate that it’s impossible to anticipate every possible question about the universe in a short essay. For my thoughts on other points I refer you to my blog: < > and to my website: < >.



Sylvain Poirier wrote on Mar. 5, 2017 @ 12:25 GMT
I just looked a little further at your writings and found your conception completely incoherent (in the light of what I know): you claim "Mindless mathematical laws don’t give rise to anything" and yet your theory of everything is all about purely mathematical entities giving rise to everything. By lack of expertise in the foundations of mathematics you assumed that the ideas of "existence" "concepts" or even "self-reference" were things on the side of consciousness beyond mathematics and thus could suffice to characterize consciousness beyond mathematics. They are not. More precisely, the words "existence" and "concept" are ambiguous. Indeed there are completely mathematical versions of these: ideas of "mathematical existence", "mathematical concepts" and even some kind of self-reference, can be studied as purely mathematical structures as I did it my work, thus just like any mathematical structures they are devoid of any consciousness in themselves.

The conscious version of "existence" and "concepts", on the other hand, have their own independent source. They have always been, since the "very beginning" (which isn't anything clear) existence and concepts of non-mathematical stuff (at least, non purely mathematical stuff).

Just now I stumbled on a seemingly true revealed description of the creation. It confirmed what I said, that is, there is no such thing as atemporal existence (only somehow mathematical objects, and also any remembered event aquired a sort of permanent existence as part of memory once it occurred).

It seems the people who received this revelation are not scientists but I find it very coherent with my rational analysis of metaphysics, the foundations of maths, and quantum physics which I explained in my essay.

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Don Limuti wrote on Mar. 10, 2017 @ 06:14 GMT
Hi Dick,

Nice refreshing essay. I like it very much even though I find the term God awkward.

Personally, I like the triplet of Shankara:

1. Brahman alone is real 2. This world is an illusion 3. The individual person is no other than Brahman. Loopy enough to allow mathematics :)

Yes, you get a very good rating.

Thanks for your essay,

Don Limuti

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Jonathan Khanlian wrote on Mar. 12, 2017 @ 23:13 GMT
My new favorite quote from god:

"As I said before, if it’s possible, there’s a good chance I’ll create it. That’s what I do. If you don’t want to deal with something, you’ll have to make it impossible, or at least unlikely. Sorry, but that’s the way it is."

He/she doesn't seems like the kind of person who will get you out of bind, but more like a straight-shooting parent that prepares you for the real world. In fact, based on that last line about calling home, I'm guessing my mother actually wrote this letter just posing as god!

Please check out my essay and film. One is available on Amazon Prime and iTunes, and the other is available in this essay forum.



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Alexey/Lev Burov wrote on Mar. 24, 2017 @ 00:56 GMT
Dear Richard,

It's a lovely essay, suggesting a nice introduction to some Vedanta ideas, I would say. Since introduction to great ideas is the hardest part of showing them, I am giving you a good credit for that. As to the critical points, I have two of them: apparently, neither ethics, nor aesthetics play any role in your picture. It looks too tautological. I will discuss your composition with my son Lev and then come back with our score. Meanwhile, you are cordially invited to read and comment our essay.

See you on our page,

Alexey Burov.

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Peter Jackson wrote on Mar. 27, 2017 @ 13:43 GMT

Nice approach and a welcome relief from the ever deeper confusion arising from looking the wrong way, which I agree most of science does. Particular favourite truths?

"it’s not mindless mathematical laws that give rise to everything, but consciousness" and "existence self-organizes".

I also identify self organization as causal in my essay, and also conclude we can't scientifically exclude a God or greater intelligence. I wouldn't have minded one that COULD grant 3 wishes, but we can't have everything... ..can we??



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