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CATEGORY: Wandering Towards a Goal Essay Contest (2016-2017) [back]
TOPIC: Information and Imagination: How Can Mindless Mathematical Laws Give Rise to Aims and Intentions by William B Goodwin [refresh]
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Author William B Goodwin wrote on Mar. 6, 2017 @ 17:31 GMT
Essay Abstract

Purpose arose with the beginning of plant life. Aims and intentions didn’t arise until the brain could imagine a future and envision a way to achieve that future. Many evolutionary advances occurred between these two events. While physical behavior has to follow the mindless mathematical laws, the content of the imagination doesn’t. Moreover, an information dimension exists as part of our universe where information is stored and accessed. Instincts are how many animals access it. While mankind has limited access, the benefits of this information dimension are that it can supply new information, enhance our imagination and influence our aims and intentions.

Author Bio

Dr. William Goodwin holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Purdue University. Now retired, he spent much of his career working for General Motors, Charles T. Main, and for a much longer time, AT&T.

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Graham Walker Cookson wrote on Mar. 8, 2017 @ 12:16 GMT
Hello Dr. William Goodwin,

I found your essay interesting, because you speak of an information platform. The idea of a missing platform is central to my essay too. I call it a ‘co-field of relationships’. You might be interested to read an e-book by Gray House…MAKING WAVES. He talks of a missing platform as well. Good Luck, Graham

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Author William B Goodwin replied on Mar. 10, 2017 @ 16:19 GMT
Where would I find the book you mentioned?




Dizhechko Boris Semyonovich wrote on Mar. 9, 2017 @ 23:09 GMT
Hello Dr. William Goodwin!

You are right to say that the knowledge of the world primary importance is the imagination

You said perfectly: "This paper suggests that they did received additional ideas and inspiration from the information dimension, and that the existence of the information dimension has accelerated man's development, as well as benefited much of the animal kingdom".

However, you separated the information from it’s the carrier – matter. Assuming approval of Descartes's identity of space and matter, that the existence of the information dimension is space.

From New Cartesian Physic great potential in understanding the world. To show this potential in his essay I gave materialistic explanations of the paranormal and supernatural. Visit my essay and you will find something in it about New Cartesian Physic. Note my statement that our brain creates an image of the outside world no inside, and in external space. Hope you rate my essay as high as I am yours. I am waiting your post.

Sincerely, Boris Dizhechko

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Author William B Goodwin replied on Mar. 10, 2017 @ 16:01 GMT
Hello Boris,

I posted a reply on your essay.

William



Dizhechko Boris Semyonovich replied on Mar. 10, 2017 @ 23:26 GMT
Thanks William, for the comments and support my essay. Dizhechko Boris

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Joe Fisher wrote on Mar. 12, 2017 @ 15:33 GMT
Dear Dr. William B Goodwin,

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 William B Goodwin replied on Mar. 12, 2017 @ 15:44 GMT
Dear Joel Fisher,

Since I have noticed your comments on other essays, I was curious about your viewpoint, so I read your essay a week ago.

William Goodwin




Satyavarapu Naga Parameswara Gupta wrote on Mar. 14, 2017 @ 09:31 GMT
Nice essay Goodwin,

Your ideas and thinking are excellent like,

1. An unmarried caveman sees an attractive woman and he wants her. His aim is clear. By his past experiences, he has learned three choices:

A. He grabs her and gets punched in the face by the guy next to her. He retreats.

B. He grabs her and gets punched in the face by the guy next to her. He battles back...

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Author William B Goodwin replied on Mar. 14, 2017 @ 16:22 GMT
S.N.P. Gupta,

Thanks for the complement. I hope that it stimulated your ideas and imagination.

Upon your suggestion, I did read your fine essay and left some comments.

Thanks,

William Goodwin




Satyavarapu Naga Parameswara Gupta wrote on Mar. 15, 2017 @ 00:20 GMT
Dear William B Goodwin,

You present a very interesting theory that is different from the mainstream theory of the universe. I like original ideas. You conclude: “Here probably the ‘a-biological world’ learned from the Universe and subsequently the physical systems learnt to pursue the goal of reproduction and formed the “Biological world”. Slowly these biological life forms...

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Peter Jackson wrote on Apr. 6, 2017 @ 10:33 GMT
William,

A nice overview essay, and very readable. You make an important point;

"there are no consequences to the imagination in the information dimension; whereas in the physical world there are real consequences which I identify in mine as the basis of 'feedback loops' for decisions and thus 'aims'. I suggest we first 'imagine' scenario's and get the internal biochem releases etc from imagined outcomes, so directing the actual decisions with REAL consequences!

I noticed in checking through those I hadn't read you had inadequate scores to qualify (10) so I'll get you one closer (and a bit higher!) before the impending deadline.

I hope you may get a chance to read, score and comment on mine.

Very best

Peter

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Author William B Goodwin replied on Apr. 7, 2017 @ 15:36 GMT
Thanks, Peter,

Your interesting essay is well regarded. I read it briefly for this response, but I will reread it later today.

A curious thing is that the content of our imagination does not necessarily conform to mathematical laws of the universe. As you mentioned, the physical action resulting from the imagination - the biochem releases - does conform. So has the universe created (evolved) something non-conforming or has that capability always been there, but not utilized until a complex brain developed?

Bill




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