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May 24, 2019

CATEGORY: It From Bit or Bit From It? Essay Contest (2013) [back]
TOPIC: It And Bit by Juan Ramón González Álvarez [refresh]
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Author Juan Ramón González Álvarez wrote on Jun. 18, 2013 @ 15:37 GMT
Essay Abstract

It is broadly believed that everything in the universe is found to be made from a few basic building blocks called fundamental particles, governed by four fundamental forces. However, physicists such as John Archibald Wheeler suggested that information is fundamental to the physics of the universe. According to this it from bit doctrine, all things physical are information-theoretic in origin. This doctrine is based in the old Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics; an interpretation which is internally inconsistent and no applicable to the cosmos as a whole. Modern consistent interpretations of quantum mechanics eliminate the old myths about measurement processes and observers' consciousness and reintroduce the idea of a wholly physical reality, invalidating the it from bit doctrine. Utilizing a new phase space formulation of quantum mechanics developed recently by the author, the concepts of bit and it are reconsidered. We introduce the new states D as quantum bits and the new Hamiltonians H as quantum its. The new concepts of it and bit introduced in this work have a well-defined and rigorous definition, unlike Wheeler's concepts. Moreover, the new concepts apply on situations where the traditional wavefunction theory does not work. The it H is not derivable from the bit D and, as a consequence, the old it from bit doctrine gets substituted by the new it and bit. After showing why the physical entropy used in the science of thermodynamics is not a measure of the ignorance of human observers, the final part of this Essay is devoted to emphasize the importance that the bit acquires in modern science when confronted to the delicious multiplicity of the far-from-equilibrium regimes, where the certainty of Newtonian and Schrödinger motion begin to fade in favor of a complex non-geometrical, 'living', conception of Nature: an it and bit conception.

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The author studied physics and chemistry at the University of Vigo. He worked on scientific bodies such as the Ilustre Colegio de Químicos de Galicia and was a CSIC research assistant in biogeochemistry and hydrodynamics of Rias, participating in several conferences, reports, and monographs. The author is working in a unified formulation of physics, chemistry, and biology.

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Joe Fisher wrote on Jun. 19, 2013 @ 14:35 GMT
Juan,

I found your essay to be quite interesting and I particularly appreciated the clarity of the fresh ideas about physics you skillfully dared to express.

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Hoang cao Hai wrote on Jun. 21, 2013 @ 02:13 GMT
Dear Juan

The essay interesting but the concludes problem is not evident.

http://fqxi.org/community/forum/topic/1802

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Manuel S Morales wrote on Jun. 21, 2013 @ 03:21 GMT
Juan,

I appreciate your daring suggestion to "the elimination of the wave functions from quantum theory" in order to deal with the "interpretational puzzles of the existent formulations". You have provided a fresh perspective to understand quantum mechanics differently.

Although my findings support the necessity of wave functions for propagation of a state, I appreciate your offering of a different viewpoint. I hope you will find my current essay which unifies the four forces into one of interest and worthy of your review.

Regards,

Manuel

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Hoang cao Hai wrote on Jun. 27, 2013 @ 04:41 GMT
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THE ADDITIONAL ARTICLES AND A SMALL TEST FOR MUTUAL BENEFIT

To change the atmosphere "abstract" of the competition and to demonstrate for the real preeminent possibility of the Absolute theory as well as to clarify the issues I mentioned in the essay and to avoid duplicate questions after receiving the opinion of you , I will add a reply to you :

1 . THE...

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Satyavarapu Naga Parameswara Gupta wrote on Jun. 28, 2013 @ 01:55 GMT
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Thank you for presenting your nice essay. I saw the abstract and will post my comments soon.

So you can produce material from your thinking. . . .

I am requesting you to go through my essay also. And I take this opportunity to say, to come to reality and base your arguments on experimental results.

I failed mainly because I worked against the main stream. The...

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James Lee Hoover wrote on Jul. 3, 2013 @ 20:02 GMT
Juan,

If given the time and the wits to evaluate over 120 more entries, I have a month to try. My seemingly whimsical title, “It’s good to be the king,” is serious about our subject.

Jim

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Peter Jackson wrote on Jul. 4, 2013 @ 16:13 GMT
Juan,

Good to see you back. I think I'm quite impressed by your derivation but am a little more certain I don't understand it. I would like to try. I certainly agree with dismissal of counterfactuality even without a paradigm change! Worth a top mark just for that!

Can you explain the partial time derivative, something I've never found logical and seem to have eliminated from a discrete field model at Maxwell's near/far field TZ. Even virtual electrons become real, all via an observer frame change with the propagating waves.

As you have experience with MHD, have you done any modelling of two-fluid plasmas? I invoke those to modulate c and the frame (field/inertial system) transition. I do hope you'll read and see if you can unravel my "Intelligent Bit". I look forward to your views.

Best of luck

Peter

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Antony Ryan wrote on Jul. 31, 2013 @ 17:38 GMT
Hello Juan,

Well done for pushing back against convention, which is what the contest is all about. I agree that rather than It from Bit, the situation should be more like It and Bit. You've dealt with it differently to my essay, but I don't think they contradict each other.

Best wishes,

Antony

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James A Putnam wrote on Aug. 5, 2013 @ 13:28 GMT
This essay does not belong on the bottom. One vote wont help much but it will lift you up. Thank you for submitting your essay.

James Putnam

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Member Benjamin F. Dribus wrote on Aug. 7, 2013 @ 15:37 GMT
Dear Juan,

I don't know if you are looking at this thread, but I wanted to congratulate you on another fine submission. Take care,

Ben

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Paul Borrill wrote on Aug. 7, 2013 @ 21:12 GMT
Dear Juan,

I have now finished reviewing all 180 essays for the contest and appreciate your contribution to this competition.

I have been thoroughly impressed at the breadth, depth and quality of the ideas represented in this contest. In true academic spirit, if you have not yet reviewed my essay, I invite you to do so and leave your comments.

You can find the latest version of my essay here:

http://fqxi.org/data/forum-attachments/Borrill-TimeOne-
V1.1a.pdf

(sorry if the fqxi web site splits this url up, I haven’t figured out a way to not make it do that).

May the best essays win!

Kind regards,

Paul Borrill

paul at borrill dot com

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Jonathan J. Dickau wrote on Aug. 8, 2013 @ 02:49 GMT
Hello Juan,

A fine essay. Interesting, informative, and helpful to our understanding of the universe. I agree with many of your points and have rated you highly. Too bad others have ignored your contribution.

All the Best,

Jonathan

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