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Satyavarapu Gupta: on 3/10/17 at 21:28pm UTC, wrote Nice essay Jenkins, Your ideas and thinking are excellent , those you have...

Héctor Gianni: on 3/9/17 at 19:51pm UTC, wrote Dear Sherman Loran Jenkins I invite you and every physicist to read my...

sherman jenkins: on 3/9/17 at 17:59pm UTC, wrote Joe, I am starting to appreciate your point of view. And am sure I have a...

Joe Fisher: on 3/9/17 at 17:03pm UTC, wrote Dear sherman loran jenkins, Please excuse me for I have no intention of...

Vladimir Tamari: on 3/7/17 at 23:46pm UTC, wrote Very enjoyable, fresh stories reflecting a way of life one misses in the...

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March 23, 2017

CATEGORY: Wandering Towards a Goal Essay Contest (2016-2017) [back]
TOPIC: Does the Universe have a Purpose, what is the role of life? by sherman loran jenkins [refresh]
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Author sherman loran jenkins wrote on Mar. 3, 2017 @ 17:29 GMT
Essay Abstract

What’s it all about? Now big is the universe? Why are we here? What lies beyond. Which way to the goal? All such far reaching questions are difficult to form clearly when we use a common language. And we each have a variety of tongue that is ours alone. Responding to such queries is almost in vain. First I must frame the question as my own then state an answer in a voice that may be seen by some in my tribe. The challenge presented by FQXI is open enough to be approached from most any direction. Building blocks of life as we know it on Earth are found at the farthest reaches of our celestial instruments. Calcium shells containing snippets of DNA blast in from all directions of the starry compass and rain down on land and sea. Living creatures provide an environment where these nanobacteria thrive. Each one seems unique with just a blueprint for reproduction and borrowed DNA for structure. Earth’s present creatures are individually and collectively capable of self destruction. Could such lead to a Universal Goal? Butterflies and geese; penguin and caribou - many will take the leed, cut a trail or break the wind but Emperors and Monarchs seldom see the goal. Navigation is very much a community effort. Still a few will follow a strong leader on a course to doom. Gamma ray burst come in two flavors. One natural and one from star - planet systems somewhat like our own. Could these GRBs be evidence of the the last gesture of a failed life form? Efforts to communicate in a common language call upon science, math and logic. We may even resort to rhyme and song or art and dance. In 9 brief pages I will describe how I found my answer.

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Question geometry, numbers “dark and light.” How to ask and answer. “How does sun light make shadows?” Seeing our home and garage at (36.933804, -93.055313) one can imagine what this question was for me. The sun set my world aglow with shapes and shadows that swept through the building. Bundles of light presented more questions than words could express. See first contest The Nature of Time. Today I have no doubt about the nature of light nor of the origin and direction of time. Question not the goal of the Universe only how to answer

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Vladimir F. Tamari wrote on Mar. 7, 2017 @ 23:46 GMT
Very enjoyable, fresh stories reflecting a way of life one misses in the big crowded mega-cities like my own Tokyo. From jigsaw puzzles, through ball lightning to an intelligent rooster, the whole of creation and modern life is encapsulated in these odd delightful beautifully written anecdotes. Never mind meandering towards a goal, the fqxi essay question was ill-posed to start with. And nice green coordinates!

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Joe Fisher wrote on Mar. 9, 2017 @ 17:03 GMT
Dear sherman loran jenkins,

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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Author sherman loran jenkins replied on Mar. 9, 2017 @ 17:59 GMT

I am starting to appreciate your point of view. And am sure I have a poor understanding of your full picture. My own view which can be seen in my first FQXI essay on The Nature of Time and at other locations on FQXI--am about as simple as simple can be.

Héctor Daniel Gianni wrote on Mar. 9, 2017 @ 19:51 GMT
Dear Sherman Loran Jenkins

I invite you and every physicist to read my work “TIME ORIGIN,DEFINITION AND EMPIRICAL MEANING FOR PHYSICISTS, Héctor Daniel Gianni ,I’m not a physicist.

How people interested in “Time” could feel about related things to the subject.

1) Intellectuals interested in Time issues usually have a nice and creative wander for the unknown.

2) They usually enjoy this wander of their searches around it.

3) For millenniums this wander has been shared by a lot of creative people around the world.

4) What if suddenly, something considered quasi impossible to be found or discovered such as “Time” definition and experimental meaning confronts them?

5) Their reaction would be like, something unbelievable,… a kind of disappointment, probably interpreted as a loss of wander…..

6) ….worst than that, if we say that what was found or discovered wasn’t a viable theory, but a proved fact.

7) Then it would become offensive to be part of the millenary problem solution, instead of being a reason for happiness and satisfaction.

8) The reader approach to the news would be paradoxically adverse.

9) Instead, I think it should be a nice welcome to discovery, to be received with opened arms and considered to be read with full attention.

11)Time “existence” is exclusive as a “measuring system”, its physical existence can’t be proved by science, as the “time system” is. Experimentally “time” is “movement”, we can prove that, showing that with clocks we measure “constant and uniform” movement and not “the so called Time”.

12)The original “time manuscript” has 23 pages, my manuscript in this contest has only 9 pages.

I share this brief with people interested in “time” and with physicists who have been in sore need of this issue for the last 50 or 60 years.


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Satyavarapu Naga Parameswara Gupta wrote on Mar. 10, 2017 @ 21:28 GMT
Nice essay Jenkins,

Your ideas and thinking are excellent , those you have shown in forming strategies of solving jig saw puzzles are wonderful. Nice story type telling of complex ideas.

I request to have look at my essay too.

For your information Dynamic Universe model is totally based on experimental results. Here in Dynamic Universe Model Space is Space and time is time...

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