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.

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

Florin Moldoveanu: on 7/31/14 at 3:00am UTC, wrote Got the idea, but the talk was too long, the words should not be broken at...

Daegene Song: on 7/22/14 at 21:59pm UTC, wrote Video Image Video URL ...


Georgina Woodward: "Maybe I should mention the experience of reality that is not just vision..." in First Things First: The...

Georgina Woodward: "Uni-temporal configuration of the entirety of existence, continually..." in First Things First: The...

Kevin Pryor: "By purpose, I meant a voluntary free will act you chose to achieve a goal,..." in More on agency from the...

Lorraine Ford: "Kevin, If people have no power over outcomes, then they cannot have..." in More on agency from the...

Anonymous: "The confrontation between different viewpoints is always an interesting..." in Can Time Be Saved From...

emma jio: "in your printer have any issues like printing issues or anything which..." in New Nuclear "Magic...

Steve Dufourny: "I must insist on a global crisis inside the sciences Community. It is due..." in Alternative Models of...

Georgina Woodward: "Steve, first to accept the quantum superposition, it is necessary to accept..." in Schrödinger’s Zombie:...

click titles to read articles

First Things First: The Physics of Causality
Why do we remember the past and not the future? Untangling the connections between cause and effect, choice, and entropy.

Can Time Be Saved From Physics?
Philosophers, physicists and neuroscientists discuss how our sense of time’s flow might arise through our interactions with external stimuli—despite suggestions from Einstein's relativity that our perception of the passage of time is an illusion.

A devilish new framework of thermodynamics that focuses on how we observe information could help illuminate our understanding of probability and rewrite quantum theory.

Gravity's Residue
An unusual approach to unifying the laws of physics could solve Hawking's black-hole information paradox—and its predicted gravitational "memory effect" could be picked up by LIGO.

Could Mind Forge the Universe?
Objective reality, and the laws of physics themselves, emerge from our observations, according to a new framework that turns what we think of as fundamental on its head.

November 13, 2019

CATEGORY: Show Me the Physics! Video Contest (2014) [back]
TOPIC: Does the Moon exist only when someone is looking at it? by Daegene Song [refresh]
Bookmark and Share
Login or create account to post reply or comment.

Daegene Song wrote on Jul. 22, 2014 @ 21:59 GMT
Video Image

Video URL

Video Description

“Einstein once asked his young friend Abraham Pais if the Moon existed only when someone was looking at it. Does the Moon, indeed, exist only when I observe it? If we assume that the Moon obeys quantum theory and the unique property of consciousness, as strange and counter-intuitive as it may seem, the Moon may not exist in separate from my own existence.”(“Einstein's Moon")

Video Creator Bio

Since 2006, Dr. Song has mainly worked on developing the subjective universe paradigm by working on things such as the non-computability of consciousness, the P versus NP problem, the black hole information problem, quantum foundations, and vacuum energy. On the teaching side, Dr. Song has been involved in various projects applying mathematical/numerical methods in the arts and humanities (Digital Humanities) with his students.

Bookmark and Share

Florin Moldoveanu wrote on Jul. 31, 2014 @ 03:00 GMT
Got the idea, but the talk was too long, the words should not be broken at the end of a line in a slide presentation, and there was way too much wishful thinking and handwaving.

What is the wavefunction of the universe? Nobody knows.

What is consciousness? Nobody can define it precisely.

Good try. Much more rigorous math is needed for this to be remotely taken seriously.

Bookmark and Share

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.