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Author Jakub Mielczarek wrote on Mar. 7, 2017 @ 15:11 GMT
Essay Abstract

The rising complexity of our terrestrial surrounding is an empirical fact. Details of this process evaded description in terms of physics for long time attracting attention and creating myriad of ideas including non-scientific ones. In this essay we explain the phenomenon of the growth of complexity by combining our up to date understanding of cosmology, non-equilibrium physics and thermodynamics. We argue that the observed increase of complexity is causal in nature, stands in agreement with the second law of thermodynamics and has it's origin in the cosmological expansion. Moreover, we highlight the connection between the leader of complexity growth in localized areas of space with free energy rate density, starting from the largest scales towards the smaller ones. Finally, in the light of recent advances in non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, our belief in the causal structure of modern scientific theories is transferred to biological systems. On relevant scales, adaptation and complexity growth follows a similar pattern, in which free energy rate density is provided by an external electromagnetic radiation. The presented, holistic approach, arms us with predicting power about variety of attributes of complex systems and leads to a chain of successful explanations on all scales of the Universe.

Author Bio

Michal Mandrysz is a fifth year student of theoretical physics and he is currently preparing his master thesis under the supervision of Jakub Mielczarek, who is an Assistant Professor in theoretical physicist working mainly on cosmology and quantum gravity. Both are members of the Theory of Complex Systems Department at the Institute of Physics of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow.

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Lorraine Ford wrote on Mar. 8, 2017 @ 03:55 GMT
Dear Michal and Jakub,

Re “...If we crave some cosmic purpose, then let us find ourselves a worthy goal.” — Carl Sagan:

Sorry, but noble, worthy purposes and ideals are irrelevant: why don’t you address ordinary goals e.g. the goal of buying a kilo of apples from the shop; or the goal of finding and catching some prey for dinner?

Re “…it is likely that the next step, with the help of information theory, will unravel the emergence of agency”, “…information processing capabilities (agency)”:

What exactly do you mean by “information processing capabilities” and in what sense do you claim that information processing capabilities are the same as agency?

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Author Jakub Mielczarek wrote on Mar. 8, 2017 @ 21:11 GMT
Dear Lorraine,

First of all, thank you for your feedback!

> Sorry, but noble, worthy purposes and ideals are irrelevant: why don’t you address ordinary goals e.g. the goal of buying a kilo of apples from the shop; or the goal of finding and catching some prey for dinner?

Our main purpose was to highlight the fact, that goal seeking is an emergent phenomena, which will be...

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Héctor Daniel Gianni wrote on Mar. 9, 2017 @ 19:02 GMT
Dear Jakub Mielczarek

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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Héctor Daniel Gianni wrote on Mar. 12, 2017 @ 22:56 GMT
Dear Jakub Mielczarek

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. 13, 2017 @ 16:11 GMT
Dear Michał Mandrysz and ProfessorJakub Mielczarek,

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 @ 13:47 GMT
Nice essay Mielczarek,

Your ideas and thinking are excellent, but some points I want to discuss like,

1. We argue that the observed increase of complexity is causal in nature, stands in agreement with the second law of thermodynamics and has it’s origin in the cosmological expansion

2. The cosmic expansion enhanced inhomogeneities of the matter density, which ultimately...

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