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CATEGORY: Questioning the Foundations Essay Contest (2012) [back]
TOPIC: Dreams of a Final Foundation by Johannes Vianney Koelman [refresh]
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Author Johannes Vianney Koelman wrote on Aug. 31, 2012 @ 12:07 GMT
Essay Abstract

A popular science broadcast from the future highlights an assumption about physical reality ripe for rethinking.

Author Bio

Johannes is a physicist who holds a PhD from Eindhoven University of Technology. He blogs on subjects including cosmology, relativity and quantum physics and is a featured writer on Science 2.0. Johannes is affiliated with a Fortune Global 500 company in the role of chief scientist.

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Wilhelmus de Wilde de Wilde wrote on Aug. 31, 2012 @ 16:28 GMT
Hallo Johannes, You finish your well written essay wit "emerging consciousness", and in fact consciousness is at the center of our reality ewperience, just as coulors are emerging at a certain scale, so is consciousness, but it goes further as that, the non material emerging consciousness is part of a total which makes it possible that our influence on the causal universe is operating in the future, if interested read and/or comment/rate "THE CONSCIOUSNESS CONNECTION"

je landgenoot Wilhelmus

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Ted Erikson wrote on Aug. 31, 2012 @ 19:36 GMT

Interesting, sweet, and simplified.. I love it. I approach the problem "tetrahedrally", as energy which surrounds mass as a sphere. The closures of sphere tangency with the tetrahedral faces grow equally since they have exactly the same surface-to-volume ratios, i.e. an "activity".

But the closures, under regular tetrahedron and sphere assumption, exhibit different probabilities.,.,

It separates the 3-D world from 1-D and 2-D where most experiments are assumed to apply. Your comment? If interested, read and rate (High preferred, heh heh)

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Member Benjamin F. Dribus wrote on Aug. 31, 2012 @ 23:52 GMT

I really enjoyed your essay; it is a point of view I have a lot of empathy with. A few questions come to mind.

1. If presented with one of your classical universes as a fait accompli (the entire infinite network), it would seem that any small patch could be viewed as the "point of origin." Take two small nearby patches, A and B. From the perspective of A, B is in the future, and from the perspective of B, A is in the future. How does this mesh with local causality?

2. Could you encode the same information by eschewing the binary weights and allowing nodes with different numbers of edges?

3. Is there a noncommutative geometry angle to this, as with Penrose tilings?

4. What are the similarities and differences with causal set theory?

If you would like to know what is motivating these questions, you might look at my essay:

On the Foundational Assumptions of Modern Physics[link]

Take care,

Ben Dribus

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Member Benjamin F. Dribus replied on Sep. 1, 2012 @ 01:12 GMT
(sorry for the link format; I left out the slash!)

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Author Johannes Vianney Koelman wrote on Sep. 1, 2012 @ 17:31 GMT
Wilhelmus, Ted and Ben - thanks for your encouraging reactions.

Have downloaded your essays, but so far only had the opportunity to briefly scan through them. 

Wlihelmus and Ted - at first glance it seems you don't shy away from "the final frontier" aka the physical basis for consciousness, and you both do dare to tread into territories that emerge would I have gone beyond the point...

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Member Benjamin F. Dribus replied on Sep. 2, 2012 @ 07:05 GMT

Thanks for the helpful answers. I have seen many suggestions for "emergent causality," but none that make as much sense to me as yours does. Another thing people have tried to do in situations like this is replace bits with qubits; this seems silly from my perspective because it sneaks in the whole absurdly elegant and perfect structure of the complex numbers through the back door, but I thought I'd mention it anyway. Take care,


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Author Johannes Vianney Koelman replied on Sep. 2, 2012 @ 13:39 GMT
I agree: prefer a Feynman sum approach along the lines as expressed in your essay.

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Wilhelmus de Wilde de Wilde replied on Sep. 3, 2012 @ 15:56 GMT
Hi Johannes, I look forward to your comment(s) on my thread.


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ABRAHAM wrote on Sep. 2, 2012 @ 01:27 GMT

Nice essay on how simple geometric forms can evolve into complex constructs.

May I suggest the following - if you change you 'colouring' schema to a charge schema [of positive and negative EM charges] and use equilateral energy geometries you will quickly develop a Tetrahedral universe similar to the Heptagonal one you mention.

Tetryonics develops from the basis of 2 possible charges to account for all QM, QED, Chemistry and Cosmological process that it has been applied to [to date] and I am sure you'll see much agreement with the work of Dr. Gupta [your future sage] - indeed equilateral energy forms the geometric basis of all mass-ENERGY-Matter [even consciousness]

This is in fact what I did to develop Tetryonics - the Charged geometry of EM mass-ENERGY-Matter [my FQXi essay submission] - I hope you will take a look and note the similarities to the final foundation hypothesised in your essay.

attachments: 1_Figure_10.07__Tetryonic_Charge_Geometries_800x600.jpg, Figure_47.05__Atomic_Orbitals_800x600.jpg

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Author Johannes Vianney Koelman replied on Sep. 2, 2012 @ 13:36 GMT
Thanks Kelvin. Downloaded your essay. Will need some time to digest it, but surely the artwork is the best amongst all submissions I've seen so far. Best of luck,


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Daniel L Burnstein wrote on Sep. 2, 2012 @ 19:50 GMT
Your essay is the most accessible and interesting one I’ve read in this competition. Setting your story in the future gives your characters enough distance from our present to have an objective view of the problems of current physics. The narrative format you used is ideal to present the idea that we need to seriously revaluate a number of notions we take for granted. Of course, Gupta and his contemporaries are far enough from it to see clearly a picture which, because of our closeness to it, we can view through presbyopic vision.

I agree entirely with how you envision a future theory of everything as being elegant and based on simple principles leading to complexity. That said, I would have liked to know more about the model Gupta introduces and how it translates into known phenomena and observations. For instance, how do the laws of physics emerge and evolve from it? Or how do you represent particles, atoms and other structures and how they interact? How do you describe motion and the laws that govern it?

Of course, I am aware that space limitation prohibits going into more details and that the narrative structure you have chosen requires time to setup characters and dialogue. Still, it would be interesting to see how far you have taken or can take the model.

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Author Johannes Vianney Koelman replied on Sep. 2, 2012 @ 21:49 GMT
Thanks Daniel, Good to hear you liked the form and content.

My key objective was to demonstrate that unitarity need not be sacrosanct. All too often I notice physicists throwing out remarks like "unitarity is required to ensure quantum probabilities sum to unity". Such remarks are based on the assumption that the fundamental laws of physics need be described via an evolution in time. My intent was to establish a simple toy model that demonstrates this need not be the case.

As a side objective, I also wanted to dispel the myth that there is no room for free will in physics. This myth assumes causal determinism to be fundamental. Again, the toy model demonstrates this need not be the case (despite determinism being emergent at late times).

In any case: don't read too much into the toy model. If there is a model like the one presented that does cause real physics to be emergent, it surely will carry a more complex structure than a simple binary field. I certainly don't want to suggest I have derived such a model.

Having said this, the toy model does contain interesting behavior that I couldn't discuss in the essay. For instance, a lot more can be said about the symmetries that emerge in this toy model for large length scales. Also some kind of Mickey-Mouse gravity/dark energy can be represented using mixtures of, for instance, pentagons and heptagons. All of this, however, carries us well beyond the scope of the essay.

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Yuri Danoyan wrote on Sep. 6, 2012 @ 23:50 GMT
Dear Johannes

I hope you will like my essay.

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Hoang cao Hai wrote on Sep. 19, 2012 @ 14:24 GMT

Very interesting to see your essay.

Perhaps all of us are convinced that: the choice of yourself is right!That of course is reasonable.

So may be we should work together to let's the consider clearly defined for the basis foundations theoretical as the most challenging with intellectual of all of us.

Why we do not try to start with a real challenge is very close and are the focus of interest of the human science: it is a matter of mass and grain Higg boson of the standard model.

Knowledge and belief reasoning of you will to express an opinion on this matter:

You have think that: the Mass is the expression of the impact force to material - so no impact force, we do not feel the Higg boson - similar to the case of no weight outside the Earth's atmosphere.

Does there need to be a particle with mass for everything have volume? If so, then why the mass of everything change when moving from the Earth to the Moon? Higg boson is lighter by the Moon's gravity is weaker than of Earth?

The LHC particle accelerator used to "Smashed" until "Ejected" Higg boson, but why only when the "Smashed" can see it,and when off then not see it ?

Can be "locked" Higg particles? so when "released" if we do not force to it by any the Force, how to know that it is "out" or not?

You are should be boldly to give a definition of weight that you think is right for us to enjoy, or oppose my opinion.

Because in the process of research, the value of "failure" or "success" is the similar with science. The purpose of a correct theory be must is without any a wrong point ?

Glad to see from you comments soon,because still have too many of the same problems.

Regard !


August 23, 2012 - 11:51 GMT on this essay contest.

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Georgina Woodward wrote on Oct. 1, 2012 @ 23:32 GMT
Dear Johannes Koelman,

I enjoyed reading your very surprising and different essay. Glad I stumbled upon it. I liked the story format that makes it very readable, rather than a dull factual presentation. You have a clever ending linking emergence of consciousness with waking. Glad you didn't just wake up and it was all a dream! That's an old cliché (even if it has still turned up in a prize winning essay). The illustrations are helpful too. (I like visual information very much and the way that it can make lucid things that are not easily described, or might not be recognised unless put into that format.) Even simplified I am not sure I properly understand what was being presented. I get the superficial idea of increasing complexity and "joined up- ness" with growing number of nodes but it must have much deeper meaning for physicists working on models of the development of the universe and expansion. I can see that you do refer to an assumption that might be wrong, making it relevant to the essay question that was set. Thank you for sharing the interesting idea and making it accessible. Good Luck, Kind regards Georgina.


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Sergey G Fedosin wrote on Oct. 4, 2012 @ 05:34 GMT
If you do not understand why your rating dropped down. As I found ratings in the contest are calculated in the next way. Suppose your rating is
was the quantity of people which gave you ratings. Then you have
of points. After it anyone give you
of points so you have
of points and
is the common quantity of the people which gave you ratings. At the same time you will have
of points. From here, if you want to be R2 > R1 there must be:
In other words if you want to increase rating of anyone you must give him more points
then the participant`s rating
was at the moment you rated him. From here it is seen that in the contest are special rules for ratings. And from here there are misunderstanding of some participants what is happened with their ratings. Moreover since community ratings are hided some participants do not sure how increase ratings of others and gives them maximum 10 points. But in the case the scale from 1 to 10 of points do not work, and some essays are overestimated and some essays are drop down. In my opinion it is a bad problem with this Contest rating process. I hope the FQXI community will change the rating process.

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