Search FQXi

If you are aware of an interesting new academic paper (that has been published in a peer-reviewed journal or has appeared on the arXiv), a conference talk (at an official professional scientific meeting), an external blog post (by a professional scientist) or a news item (in the mainstream news media), which you think might make an interesting topic for an FQXi blog post, then please contact us at with a link to the original source and a sentence about why you think that the work is worthy of discussion. Please note that we receive many such suggestions and while we endeavour to respond to them, we may not be able to reply to all suggestions.

Please also note that we do not accept unsolicited posts and we cannot review, or open new threads for, unsolicited articles or papers. Requests to review or post such materials will not be answered. If you have your own novel physics theory or model, which you would like to post for further discussion among then FQXi community, then please add them directly to the "Alternative Models of Reality" thread, or to the "Alternative Models of Cosmology" thread. Thank you.

Contests Home

Previous Contests

Wandering Towards a Goal
How can mindless mathematical laws give rise to aims and intention?
December 2, 2016 to March 3, 2017
Contest Partner: The Peter and Patricia Gruber Fnd.

Trick or Truth: The Mysterious Connection Between Physics and Mathematics
Contest Partners: Nanotronics Imaging, The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation, and The John Templeton Foundation
Media Partner: Scientific American


How Should Humanity Steer the Future?
January 9, 2014 - August 31, 2014
Contest Partners: Jaan Tallinn, The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation, The John Templeton Foundation, and Scientific American

It From Bit or Bit From It
March 25 - June 28, 2013
Contest Partners: The Gruber Foundation, J. Templeton Foundation, and Scientific American

Questioning the Foundations
Which of Our Basic Physical Assumptions Are Wrong?
May 24 - August 31, 2012
Contest Partners: The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation, SubMeta, and Scientific American

Is Reality Digital or Analog?
November 2010 - February 2011
Contest Partners: The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation and Scientific American

What's Ultimately Possible in Physics?
May - October 2009
Contest Partners: Astrid and Bruce McWilliams

The Nature of Time
August - December 2008

Forum Home
Terms of Use

Order posts by:
 chronological order
 most recent first

Posts by the author are highlighted in orange; posts by FQXi Members are highlighted in blue.

By using the FQXi Forum, you acknowledge reading and agree to abide by the Terms of Use

 RSS feed | RSS help

Herbal Sejagat: on 9/18/17 at 7:50am UTC, wrote Kista harus segera diatasi dan diobati apabila dibiarkan akan terjadinya...

lami leese: on 4/10/17 at 8:47am UTC, wrote Thank you for your post, There are good post! Developed the Common Rail ...

Dizhechko Semyonovich: on 4/7/17 at 5:17am UTC, wrote Dear Sirs! Physics of Descartes, which existed prior to the physics of...

Anonymous: on 4/4/17 at 18:52pm UTC, wrote Hi Peter, Thanks for reading! The amount of thoughtfully written essays on...

Peter Jackson: on 4/4/17 at 12:05pm UTC, wrote Miles, Super essay, appealing to the geometer in me. I entirely agree your...

Miles Mutka: on 4/3/17 at 19:15pm UTC, wrote Hi Don, Thanks for reading my essay. I know it is "a little convoluted" as...

Don Limuti: on 4/3/17 at 4:19am UTC, wrote Hi Miles, It is a subtle point you make about mathematical laws evolving....

Satyavarapu Gupta: on 3/14/17 at 14:44pm UTC, wrote Nice essay Mutka, Your ideas and thinking on symmetries are excellent...


Jason Wolfe: "Start with a fact. The universe used to be small, rolled up about 13.7..." in Bohemian Reality:...

Jason Wolfe: "An afterlife falls into your lap with a few assumptions that are easy for..." in Bohemian Reality:...

Jason Wolfe: "Dear Lorraine, Consciousness in its simplest form will only seek out..." in Wandering Towards a Goal:...

Jason Wolfe: "Mystical religious beliefs are completely justified. it is the scientific..." in Wandering Towards a Goal:...

Joe Fisher: "Dear Foundational Questions Institute Members, Y’all made your initial..." in Our Place in the...

Joe Fisher: "Dear Eugene Lim and Richard Easther, “Undaunted by the lack of tools to..." in Our Place in the...

agaric backlink: "Obat Liver Paling Ampuh Cara Mengobati Bronkitis Paling Ampuh Cara..." in FQXi Essay Contest 2016:...

anil sharma: "Sometimes it is not possible to take care of infant babies especially while..." in FQXi Essay Contest 2016:...

click titles to read articles

Our Place in the Multiverse
Calculating the odds that intelligent observers arise in parallel universes—and working out what they might see.

Sounding the Drums to Listen for Gravity’s Effect on Quantum Phenomena
A bench-top experiment could test the notion that gravity breaks delicate quantum superpositions.

Watching the Observers
Accounting for quantum fuzziness could help us measure space and time—and the cosmos—more accurately.

Bohemian Reality: Searching for a Quantum Connection to Consciousness
Is there are sweet spot where artificial intelligence systems could have the maximum amount of consciousness while retaining powerful quantum properties?

Quantum Replicants: Should future androids dream of quantum sheep?
To build the ultimate artificial mimics of real life systems, we may need to use quantum memory.

September 25, 2017

CATEGORY: Wandering Towards a Goal Essay Contest (2016-2017) [back]
TOPIC: On the Nature of Asymmetry by Miles Mutka [refresh]
Bookmark and Share
Login or create account to post reply or comment.

Author Miles Mutka wrote on Mar. 7, 2017 @ 15:11 GMT
Essay Abstract

Symmetry and asymmetry are fundamentally interdependent concepts, because they are ultimately defined in terms of difference and sameness. Fundamental laws of physics are expressed as symmetries or invariances, in minimalistic equations of elegance and simplicity. Life, on the other hand, is more asymmetric and has variety and complexity. Generalizations of symmetry and asymmetry are explored, including regularity, patterns and statistical correlation.

Author Bio

Master's Degree in Maths and CS (1993). My interests are wide and shallow, but I have always been fascinated by foundational questions. My hobbies include nephoscopy, phrontistation, and protologisms.

Download Essay PDF File

Joe Fisher wrote on Mar. 13, 2017 @ 16:16 GMT
Dear Miles Mutka,

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

report post as inappropriate

George Gantz wrote on Mar. 13, 2017 @ 16:17 GMT
Hello, Miles -

An interesting essay, thanks. You delve on the fringes of one of my favorite topics (the subject of my 2015 essay The Hole at the Center of Creation. As you say "Only a featureless, unchanging void is trivially symmetric under all possible transformations." As we follow the universal evolutionary pathway backwards in time towards the big bang, recovering each of the symmetries that were broken along the way, do we not need to theorize the metaphysical beginning where no symmetries had been broken?

I would be interested in your thoughts on my essay - The How and the Why of Emergence and Intention. I suggest, in the alternative to a randomly directed multiverse, that we are in a well-specified unique universe (symmetries broken in specific ways), one that exhibits a cosmic intentionality.

Best of luck - George Gantz

report post as inappropriate

Satyavarapu Naga Parameswara Gupta wrote on Mar. 14, 2017 @ 14:44 GMT
Nice essay Mutka,

Your ideas and thinking on symmetries are excellent and.. “A purely kinetic system, of Newtonian mechanics and ideal collisions, would behave too symmetrically, all actions mirrored with equal and opposite reactions. An interface between different forms of energy is needed to harness and manipulate forces in a dynamic world”

A Good proposal , I fully agree...

view entire post

report post as inappropriate

Don Limuti wrote on Apr. 3, 2017 @ 04:19 GMT
Hi Miles,

It is a subtle point you make about mathematical laws evolving. As per your quote below:

"The concept of numbers has evolved during the history of mathematics, to include 0, to include negative numbers, to include complex numbers, and so on; all to satisfy the idea of completeness, to include all possible placeholder solutions to a class of simple equations. This process has muddled the strict ordering that real numbers had in the beginning, but does it hint at deep connections between asymmetry (orderings) and symmetry (completeness)?"

Mathematics that evolves is an interesting concept not too far from nephoscopy. A valid criticism of this essay question.

A little convoluted but like it.

Thanks for your essay.

Don Limuti

report post as inappropriate

Author Miles Mutka replied on Apr. 3, 2017 @ 19:15 GMT
Hi Don,

Thanks for reading my essay. I know it is "a little convoluted" as you put it, and could be more rigorous and to the point.

Whether or not mathematics exists in a platonic world of ideas separate from us, each human who learns mathematics has to "evolve" their notions about it, when they want to learn more.


Peter Jackson wrote on Apr. 4, 2017 @ 12:05 GMT

Super essay, appealing to the geometer in me. I entirely agree your conclusion; "It seems that symmetry is in fact no more fundamental than asymmetry." and think that's a far more important matter than most realise.

How do you consider combined symmetrical but orthogonal relationships? I identify what appears to be a very important classical derivation of QM's predictions from it's analysis!

Yours seems way too low in the 3's and my score will help. I think you'll like mine and hope you get to read comments and score it before the deadline.

Very best


report post as inappropriate

Anonymous wrote on Apr. 4, 2017 @ 18:52 GMT
Hi Peter,

Thanks for reading! The amount of thoughtfully written essays on this site is so staggering, I only found out about it three months ago.

Regarding orthogonality, I will just say that the cartesian coordinate system, which now seems kind of obvious and natural, was quite a revelation at its time, enabling the works of Newton, Leibniz, and even Kant, among others. I guess it was Ernst Mach who first noticed that orthogonality is not so helpful with angular motion.

It looks like your essay touches upon angular momentum, one of the deep mysteries of physics. I am not sure I am qualified to say if this mystery can explain quantum as classical, but the technique is interesting.



report post as inappropriate

Dizhechko Boris Semyonovich wrote on Apr. 7, 2017 @ 05:17 GMT
Dear Sirs!

Physics of Descartes, which existed prior to the physics of Newton returned as the New Cartesian Physic and promises to be a theory of everything. To tell you this good news I use «spam».

New Cartesian Physic based on the identity of space and matter. It showed that the formula of mass-energy equivalence comes from the pressure of the Universe, the flow of force which on the corpuscle is equal to the product of Planck's constant to the speed of light.

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.


Dizhechko Boris

report post as inappropriate

lami leese wrote on Apr. 10, 2017 @ 08:47 GMT
Thank you for your post, There are good post! Developed the Common Rail fuel system for heavy duty vehicles and turned it into practical use on their ECD-U2 common-rail system.Modern common rail systems, whilst working on the same principle sensor are governed by an engine control unit (ECU). The design was acquired by the German Common Rail Shim & Gasket kit companyRobert Bosch GmbH for completion of development and refinement for mass-production Common Rail Nozzle . In hindsight,As the new technology proved to be highly profitable. The Common Rail Injector Valve had little choice but to sell, however,In 1997 they extended its use for passenger cars Common Rail Injector .The first passenger car that used the common rail system.

report post as inappropriate

Herbal Sejagat wrote on Sep. 18, 2017 @ 07:50 GMT
Kista harus segera diatasi dan diobati apabila dibiarkan akan terjadinya resiko sakit kanker. Maka dari itu, Jus Kulit Manggis salah satu Obat Herbal Sakit Kista yang sangat aman dan bebas efek negatif apapun karena dibuat dari bahan alami. obat herbal kista ovarium tanpa operasi

Amazon terbuat dari bahan alam seperti sari kulit manggis, buah bunga rosella, apel, anggur, merupakan pengawet alami digunakan madu asli. Hasil penelitian dari berbagai negara menjelaskan bahwa di dalam kulit buah manggis terkandung xanthone yang mengandung antioksidan, yang mampu menyembuhkan segala jenis penyakit seperti gondok. obat herbal gondok tiroid alami

Sistem kerja Obat herbal alami Sakit kanker limfoma hodgkin amazon plus dalam dapat mengatasi penyakit kelenjar getah bening yakni sebagai penjelajah ke seluruh organ-organ tubuh kita obat herbal kanker limfoma hodgkin

report post as inappropriate

Login or create account to post reply or comment.

Please enter your e-mail address:
Note: Joining the FQXi mailing list does not give you a login account or constitute membership in the organization.