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Quantum Properties of Spacetime
May 29, 2020
FQXi's Francesca Vidotto talks in-depth to JSTOR Daily about feminist epistemology, white holes, string theory, and her book (with Carlo Rovelli) on loop quantum gravity.

Gravity Winners
May 29, 2020
The winners of the Gravity Research Foundation essay contest have been announced. Congrats to our members who have won prizes: Eduardo Guendelman (for "Lorentzian Quintessential Inflation" with David Benisty), Craig Hogan (for "Cosmological Constant in Coherent Quantum Gravity"), Thanu Padmanabhan (for "Principle of Equivalence at Planck Scales and the Zero-Point-Length of Spacetime"), and Maulik Parikh & Frank Wilczek (first prize for "The Noise of Gravitons" with George Zhariade).

INSPYRE!
Mar 23, 2020
FQXi is proud to support INSPYRE 2020, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the…Universe’”, which is dedicated to the hottest topics from particle physics to cosmology. This year lectures (in English) are online from 30th March to 3rd April. Open to all, especially students & teachers! The course is organised by FQXi's Catalina Oana Curceanu, senior researcher at the National Laboratory of Frascati (LNF), and you can read more here.



 
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16th Marcel Grossmann Meeting by Various Speakers
By JOE SCHINDLER
Here we have a playlist of a plethora of talks from the virtual MG16 meeting, featuring numerous interesting talks and FQXi members!

Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLr5RLbSWSonsaOnZukBDs0qsNIWM8AvRF

To filter by topic...

[WOST III] Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics of...
By MASSIMILIANO ESPOSITO
[WOST III] May 31, 2022: Colloquium

https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ttz9a5rrOlI

Keywords: #IAF #Information_As_Fuel #Esposito #Quantum #Thermodynamics #Quantum_Thermodynamics #Complexity

FQXi: Exploring the Edge of Reality by Tegmark,...
By JOSH HOFFMAN
FQXi is a science think tank bringing together some of the world's leading minds to explore the foundations of physics, cosmology, quantum reality, consciousness, and artificial intelligence. As a funding agency, the Foundational Questions Institute...




NEW PODCAST EPISODES
Time's Arrow: A conversation with Paul Davies about time's irreversible flow, black holes, memories of Stephen Hawking and the information paradox, Maxwell's demon and living systems -- and how to improve universities. With Logan Chipkin.
Quantum Steampunk: Physicist Nicole Yunger Halpern talks about her new book on quantum thermodynamics, temperatures below absolute zero, and the physics of yesterday's tomorrow.
Constructor Theory and Irreversibility: A conversation with Chiara Marletto and Vlatko Vedral on a novel unification between information theory and thermodynamics and their recent experiment that tested, and corroborated, the constructor theoretic notion of irreversibility. With Logan Chipkin.



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"[WOST III] Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics of Complex Systems by Massimiliano Esposito"

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George Ellis




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High Energy Physics
The Noise of Gravitons
By ZEEYA MERALI
The Gravity Research Foundation recently announced the winners of its 2020 essay contest.

Thank you to Steve Agnew for suggesting that we open a thread to discuss the first-prize-winning essay: "The Noise of Gravitons" by FQXi members Maulikh...

Ultimate Reality
Global Collaboration
By STEVE DUFOURNY
Dear FQXi , I love your platform like you know it, I work my theory and have improved a lot here and on arxiv and in the books, it is important for me but not like the Project, international, universal that I work about.

I create a group of...

Ultimate Reality
The Present State of Physics, Mathematics, and...
By JOE SCHINDLER
This forum will be an appropriate place to discuss the present state of physics, mathematics, and science, as well as for general discussion tangential to these issues.

While the topic of allowed discussion is broad, please make sure all posts...

 
NEW ARTICLES


The Math of Consciousness: Q&A with Kobi Kremnitzer
By COLIN STUART • Mar 29, 2022
A meditating mathematician is developing a theory of conscious experience to help understand the boundary between the quantum and classical world.
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Can We Feel What It’s Like to Be Quantum?
By BRENDAN FOSTER • Mar 27, 2022
Underground experiments in the heart of the Italian mountains are testing the links between consciousness and collapse theories of quantum physics.
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The Thermodynamic Limits of Intelligence: Q&A with David Wolpert
By MIRIAM FRANKEL • Mar 25, 2022
Calculating the energy needed to acquire and compute information could help explain the (in)efficiency of human brains and guide the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence.
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Gambling Against the Second Law
By NICOLA JONES • Mar 24, 2022
Using precision thermometry to make mini heat engines, that might, momentarily, bust through the thermodynamic limit.
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Mind and Machine: What Does It Mean to Be Sentient?
By KATE BECKER • Mar 23, 2022
Using neural networks to test definitions of 'autonomy.'
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Seeing is Believing
By MIRIAM FRANKEL • Mar 22, 2022
Neuroscientists are testing the idea that what we see when we perceive the world is ultimately an internal projection.
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Dissolving the Self: Q&A with Aviva Berkovich-Ohana
By LOGAN CHIPKIN • Feb 27, 2022
A neurobiologist is mapping the boundaries of consciousness during meditation.
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Over Gravity's Rainbow
By ZEEYA MERALI • Feb 27, 2022
An alternative framework of physics, in which light's speed can vary, could render the universe ageless.
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Is the 'Fine-Tuned Universe' an Illusion?
By FOUNDATIONAL QUESTIONS INSTITUTE, FQXI • Feb 7, 2022
New FQXi report re-assesses claims that the cosmos is precisely tuned to foster life, challenging popular arguments for a multiverse.
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Good Vibrations
By COLIN STUART • Sep 27, 2021
Microbead 'motor' exploits natural fluctuations for power.
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Reconstructing Physics
By MIRIAM FRANKEL • Sep 24, 2021
New photon experiment gives new meta-framework, 'constructor theory,' a boost.
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The Quantum Engineer: Q&A with Alexia Auffèves
By MIRIAM FRANKEL • Sep 22, 2021
Experiments seek to use quantum observations as fuel to power mini motors.
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The Quantum Clock-Maker Investigating COVID-19, Causality, and the Trouble with AI
By NICOLA JONES • Jun 23, 2021
Sally Shrapnel, a quantum physicist and medical practitioner, on her experiments into cause-and-effect that could help us understand time’s arrow—and build better healthcare algorithms.
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Connect the Quantum Dots for a New Kind of Fuel
By COLIN STUART • Jun 20, 2021
'Artificial atoms' allow physicists to manipulate individual electrons—and could help to reduce energy wastage in electronic devices.
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Can Choices Curve Spacetime?
By SOPHIE HEBDEN • Mar 16, 2021
Two teams are developing ways to detect quantum-gravitational effects in the lab.
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