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CATEGORY: Trick or Truth Essay Contest (2015) [back]
TOPIC: Between Math & the Real world, How the 20th Century went astray by Noel Eberz [refresh]
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Author Noel Eberz wrote on Jan. 30, 2015 @ 20:25 GMT
Essay Abstract

This essay goes to the root of both physics and mathematics and points out some of the conflicts including schools of doctrine too rigid, which has led us astray from more expressive ideas.

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Noel Eberz lives in Na’alehu, Hawaii Island, USA’s southernmost point, pursuing interests in Astronomy, Geology, and Philosophy with a broad night view from Polaris to Crux and the glow of hot lava entering the mighty Pacific. Retired professionally from Military and Nasa space projects and a second career geologist, a former Grand Canyon river guide, but still a docent in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. He is affiliated with the Geological Society of America, the Meteoritical Society, and the American Geophysical Union.

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FQXi Administrator Brendan Foster replied on Nov. 30, -0001 @ 00:00 GMT
I regret to say Noel Eberz passed away earlier this month. Please take that into account when posting in this forum. Our condolences go out to Noel's family, and we are happy to have his essay in our contest.

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Edwin Eugene Klingman wrote on Jan. 31, 2015 @ 03:37 GMT
Dear Noel Eberz,

Like you, I count Eric Hoffer, Popper, and Prigogene as influential. If I understand you, you don't think much of the idea that the universe is "just mathematics". There many here who are with you on that one.

You've done a nice job with the Universe, the Abstract, and the Mind (ourselves) and I agree the first two are independent of each other. But you then say the Abstract exists without Mind. This sounds Platonic. Is that what you mean? Do you see this triad as three equal realities? I tend to see it all as one reality self-evolving and self-informing, that as you say 'possibly exploded' into existence. I treated this in an earlier essay.

You say Copernicus "was not allowed to disturb the prevalent image in the consensual mind's eye." It's still tough! You advise young physicists to 'think softly' until they can freely express their thoughts, because there are still those who can do them harm.

As there are more novel ideas than correct novel ideas, this defensive posture is a social survival mechanism; if mankind chased every new idea equally, some of them would lead over a cliff.

This is the rationale for FQXi, a safe box in which to play with new ideas which, for the most part are not taken seriously by the powers that be. It's a pretty good system, albeit frustrating at times.

Welcome to FQXi, and good luck in the contest.

Edwin Eugene Klingman

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Author Noel Eberz wrote on Feb. 1, 2015 @ 19:45 GMT
To Edwin Eugene Klingman - FQXi

Thank you for the kind remarks.

Without connotation, the Abstract is Platonic. To what degree math is developed it is tautological and until applied to realty, with some degree of verisimilitude. And there is schema out there yet to be discovered and at the same time filling our libraries with volumes of fantasy.

As far as correct ideas (formal science) there is room for alternative approaches, say Hoyle, Burbidge & Narilikar, 2000, A Different approach to Cosmology.

Respectfully – Noel Eberz

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basudeba mishra wrote on Feb. 4, 2015 @ 04:01 GMT
Dear Sir,

We thoroughly enjoyed your excellent essay. Here are certain elaborations of your concepts.

We wish you could have been more specific on the definition of “Abstract”. You seem to equate Mind with the Observer. Observation/measurement (perception) is of two types. Some things can be directly observed and measured (which you call universe). But there are entities like...

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Sujatha Jagannathan wrote on Feb. 16, 2015 @ 07:01 GMT
It is shown that your work embarks upon more geologically emphasizing the origins of computing.

Great work, no doubt!

Respectfully,

Miss. Sujatha Jagannathan

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Alan M. Kadin wrote on Feb. 19, 2015 @ 22:54 GMT
Dear Mr. Eberz,

I note that you attribute "Shut up and calculate" to Richard Feynman, as have many others.

I also included this quotation in my own essay ("Remove the Blinders: How Mathematics Distorted the Development of Quantum Theory"), but I attributed it to an essay by David Mermin, in which Mermin described how this sounds like something that Feynman might have said, but apparently never did.

"Could Feynman have said this?", Physics Today, May 2004.

Alan Kadin

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Armin Nikkhah Shirazi wrote on Apr. 22, 2015 @ 21:51 GMT
My condolences to the Eberz family. Based on the essay, he seems to have been a very careful thinker with a spiritual bent.

Armin

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