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December 17, 2017

CATEGORY: Wandering Towards a Goal Essay Contest (2016-2017) [back]
TOPIC: The Emergence of Time/individuality and Consciousness/Intentionality in a Quantum-like World by Augusto Cesar Lobo [refresh]
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Author Augusto César Lobo wrote on Mar. 6, 2017 @ 17:31 GMT
Essay Abstract

We address the relation between two apparently distinct problems: the quest for a deeper understanding of the nature of consciousness and intentionality and the search for time and space as emergent structures in the quantum mechanical world. We also advance a toy-model proposal of emergence of time from a timeless quantum-like space by borrowing ideas from Aharonov's two state formalism of quantum mechanics.We further speculate on these issues within a quantum cognitive perspective.We discuss both concepts and their relation with our main thesis: that time is a measure of individuality.

Author Bio

I am a Brazilian Physicist with a Ph.D. in Physics from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. I currently work at the Federal University of Ouro Preto. My main interest is the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics. I was a visiting Professor at the Institute for Quantum Studies at Chapman University, California during the 2012-2014 period. Lately, I have become increasingly interested in the emerging science of Quantum Cognition.

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Richard David Stafford wrote on Mar. 6, 2017 @ 20:43 GMT
Perhaps I misunderstood the essay goal; "How can mindless mathematical laws give rise to aims and intention?" I thought it was the consequences of those "mindless laws" which was the issue.

I read your essay and from my perspective it seemed to be more of a collection of possible assumptions made by various people in various specialties. I could be wrong but you might take a look at my presumptions: i.e., none beyond "mindless mathematical laws".

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Author Augusto César Lobo replied on Mar. 6, 2017 @ 21:22 GMT
The goal:

"How can mindless mathematical laws give rise to aims and intention?"

doesn't really make sense. This is because the Platonic world of mathematical laws and of intentional consciousness ARE the one and the same. My essay is a suggestion of how we can deal with this.




Héctor Daniel Gianni wrote on Mar. 9, 2017 @ 19:06 GMT
Dear Augusto Cesar Lobo

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.

Héctor

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Joe Fisher wrote on Mar. 12, 2017 @ 15:47 GMT
Dear Dr. Augusto Cesar Lobo,

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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Satyavarapu Naga Parameswara Gupta wrote on Mar. 14, 2017 @ 10:57 GMT
Nice essay Prof Lobo,

Your ideas and thinking are excellent like,

1. TIME IS A MEASURE OF INDIVIDUALITY: The idea of assigning an ontological status for the concepts of "intention", "goal" or "aim" may feel unbearably antropomorphic to a modern scientist. Einstein once said that "For those of us who believe in physics, the distinction between past, present and future is only a...

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Klee Irwin wrote on Mar. 23, 2017 @ 22:26 GMT
Augusto,

I appreciated your essay. Our work is deeply focused on what we refer to as Emergence Theory, which includes consciousness. So it was interesting to read your essay!

It was my pleasure to rate your essay. Good luck in the contest.

Cheers!

Klee

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New Cartesian Physic has great potential for understanding the world. To show it, I ventured to give "materialistic explanations of the paranormal and supernatural" is the title of my essay.

Visit my essay, you will find there the New Cartesian Physic and make a short entry: "I believe that space is a matter" I will answer you in return. Can put me 1.

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