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How can mindless mathematical laws give rise to aims and intention?
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Author Jurandyr Arone Maues wrote on Mar. 1, 2017 @ 20:06 GMT
Essay Abstract

Communication is the highest form of intelligence of mankind and languages the instruments that allow mankind to develop and use this ability. Natural languages, math, prayers and imagination constitute the set of tools used to communicate with different sets of realities. By describing this set we come to the conclusion that yes, mindless mathematical laws can give rise to aims and intention.

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Brazilian, with a degree in Mechanical Engineer obtained in 1976 at Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro. Main professional areas of interest are : alternative energies, strategic planning and economic evaluations of industrial projects Also highly interested in Cosmology.

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Steve Dufourny wrote on Mar. 3, 2017 @ 10:03 GMT
Hello Mr Maues,

Happy to see you on FQXi.

Welcome on this wonderful Platform,transparent and innovant.

I am wishing you all the best in this contes.Thanks for sharing your papper.


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Joe Fisher wrote on Mar. 6, 2017 @ 17:20 GMT
Dear Jurandyr Arone Maues,

Please excuse me for I have no intention of disparaging in any way any part of your essay.

I merely wish to point out that “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955) Physicist & Nobel Laureate.

Only nature could produce a reality so simple, a single cell amoeba could deal with it.

The real Universe must consist only of one unified visible infinite physical surface occurring in one infinite dimension, that am always illuminated by infinite non-surface light.

A more detailed explanation of natural reality can be found in my essay, SCORE ONE FOR SIMPLICITY. I do hope that you will read my essay and perhaps comment on its merit.

Joe Fisher, Realist

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Author Jurandyr Arone Maues replied on Mar. 7, 2017 @ 01:02 GMT
Dear Joe,

"Simplicity is the ultimate degree of sophistication."..Leonardo da Vinci

That is the reason I do not believe in theories which defend realities with more than 03 spatial dimensions.

Although Maths allow, I also do not believe in time travels.

To begin with we need to define : time, travel and what is being travelling thru time.


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Satyavarapu Naga Parameswara Gupta wrote on Mar. 7, 2017 @ 00:45 GMT
Nice essay Maues,

Your ideas and thinking are excellent…. For example… “

One would suggest, and would not be wrong, that the level of intelligence would mark this division. Here comes another question: what intelligence would be and how it would manifest itself. Obviously any living being has a minimal rudimentary intelligence manifested through the development of a primary...

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Author Jurandyr Arone Maues replied on Mar. 7, 2017 @ 00:53 GMT
Dear Satyavarapu,

Many thanks for your comments.

I am really honored by them.


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Vladimir Rogozhin wrote on Mar. 12, 2017 @ 10:31 GMT
Dear Jurandyr,

I read with great interest your deep analytical essay with ideas and conclusions that will help us overcome the crisis of understanding in fundamental science through the creation of a new comprehensive picture of the world, uniform for physicists and lyrics filled with meanings of the "LifeWorld" (E.Husserl). FQXI Contests is first of all new ideas. You give such ideas. My high score. Yours faithfully, Vladimir

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Author Jurandyr Arone Maues replied on Mar. 12, 2017 @ 21:07 GMT
Dear Vladimir,

Very much honored with your comments.



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Vladimir Rogozhin replied on Mar. 16, 2017 @ 16:17 GMT
Dear Jurandyr,

I invite you to read and evaluate my ideas .

Yours faithfully,


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Vladimir Rogozhin replied on Mar. 20, 2017 @ 10:38 GMT
Dear Jurandyr,

Unfortunately Linkedin is blocked now in Russia.

My page on Facebook and email

Yours faithfully,


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Vladimir F. Tamari wrote on Mar. 26, 2017 @ 05:19 GMT
Dear Jurandyr

You have written a very interesting essay that spans many important topics from the relationship between science and religion, to specific questions about gravity for example. For years I have been advocating a separation of science from religion - humanity however is in need of both in certain cultures or an individual's lifetime. Anyway I have a question why you single out Sanskrit as free from ambiguity? I am sure you have an interesting answer to that.

I wholeheartedly agree with you that imagination supercedes mathematics as a tool to reach the truth. Mathematics is so flexible and adaptable it is impossible to know the fundamental nature of things just from it. As an example probability in Quantum Mechanics is a useful mathematical paradigm, but it is very misleading if taken as the literal truth about Nature, as I mention in my essay.

I wish you all the best and invite​ you to read my fqxi essay.

Another Vladimir :)

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Peter Jackson wrote on Apr. 4, 2017 @ 12:40 GMT

A fascinating and original essay format. I'm nor sure how well it worked but it was certainly unique which is valuable so worth extra marks in itself.

I agree much on your writing, and particularly; "Ambiguity is the cause of the many problems and difficulties of communication between humans."

I hope you'll read my essay, and (after scoring it!), as you're interested in cosmology, perhaps also this paper identifying that there's a very consistent alternative to a conventional big bang/expansion theory of the cosmos. cyclic evolution model

Very best


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Don Limuti wrote on Apr. 7, 2017 @ 10:26 GMT

There is a lot in your essay, and I liked very much the emphasis you placed on Language. Language is fundamental to goals and since mathematics is a subset of language, we can say that it to is fundamental to goals. This is a most interesting interpretation of the question. I like it and I give it a high mark.

Thanks for your essay,

Don Limuti

PS: Do visit my essay,

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Dizhechko Boris Semyonovich wrote on Apr. 7, 2017 @ 10:39 GMT
Dear Sirs!

Physics of Descartes, which existed prior to the physics of Newton returned as the New Cartesian Physic and promises to be a theory of everything. To tell you this good news I use «spam».

New Cartesian Physic based on the identity of space and matter. It showed that the formula of mass-energy equivalence comes from the pressure of the Universe, the flow of force which on the corpuscle is equal to the product of Planck's constant to the speed of light.

New Cartesian Physic has great potential for understanding the world. To show it, I ventured to give "materialistic explanations of the paranormal and supernatural" is the title of my essay.

Visit my essay, you will find there the New Cartesian Physic and make a short entry: "I believe that space is a matter" I will answer you in return. Can put me 1.


Dizhechko Boris

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