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TOPIC: On the Nature of Asymmetry by Miles Mutka [refresh]
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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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...

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