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CATEGORY: Wandering Towards a Goal Essay Contest (2016-2017) [back]
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Author Predrag Bokšić wrote on Mar. 6, 2017 @ 16:52 GMT
Essay Abstract

In this essay, I present the blend of science news and scientific musings. Intuitively, I explore the relationship between the neural network programming, chaos, quantum mechanics, and biology. If we can find the measures of consciousness along these lines, we could adapt for the cybernetic future of mankind.

Author Bio

I graduated as a teacher of physics. I work in the localization industry. My hobbies include the chaos theory, programming and staying up to date with the science news.

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Joe Fisher wrote on Mar. 11, 2017 @ 16:43 GMT
Dear Predrag L. Bokšić [refresh]

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 Predrag Bokšić replied on Mar. 11, 2017 @ 17:09 GMT
Thanks for dropping by. You might like the consideration how our universe is made of infinitely many 2-dimensional universes.

Inside the Knotty World of ‘Anyon’ Particles

A new class of quantum particle is about to emerge from the tangled considerations of quantum statistics.

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Author Predrag Bokšić wrote on Mar. 11, 2017 @ 17:42 GMT
Here's some supplemental reading material.

Jose Luis Perez Velazquez, a biochemist at the University of Toronto, and colleagues hypothesized that what is maximized during consciousness is not connectivity itself but the number of different ways that a certain degree of connectivity can be achieved.

have generally believed that dendrites meekly sent currents they received from the cell’s synapse (the junction between two neurons) to the soma, which in turn generated an electrical impulse. Those short electrical bursts, known as somatic spikes, were thought to be at the heart of neural computation and learning. But the new study demonstrated that dendrites generate their own spikes 10 times more often than the somas.

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Satyavarapu Naga Parameswara Gupta wrote on Mar. 13, 2017 @ 12:52 GMT
Nice essay dear Predrag L. Bokšić,

Your ideas “Intuitively, for linking the relationship between the neural network programming, chaos, quantum mechanics, and biology ”are excellent.

………………………… I Want you to explore one more link for intuition with the Universe, where ……………reproduction of Galaxies in the Universe is described. Dynamic...

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Peter Jackson wrote on Apr. 5, 2017 @ 16:31 GMT

I noticed you hadn't reached the min 10 ratings so had a look. Well written and very wide ranging, though I confess (approaching the deadline) I'm now only first speed-reading most - but I got enough out to upscore yours.

Ref your QM analysis, I agree "The view on this phenomenon may be flakey, but the entanglement is leading in the polls against the spacetime as a more powerful concept." If you'd like to see a new realistic classical derivation of QM's predictions read my essay (and last years top scored precurser!) Most physicists will run a mile from it screaming without even looking but your training should avoid that. Do comment or question it.

Best wishes


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Author Predrag Bokšić replied on Apr. 6, 2017 @ 03:22 GMT
Thanks, Pete! I'll take a look ASAP.

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Author Predrag Bokšić replied on Apr. 6, 2017 @ 03:26 GMT
We could add a citation eventually there. :-)

Tangled Up in Spacetime

Hundreds of researchers in a collaborative project called “It from Qubit” say space and time may spring up from the quantum entanglement of tiny bits of information

By Clara Moskowitz on October 26, 2016

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Dizhechko Boris Semyonovich wrote on Apr. 7, 2017 @ 07:57 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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Author Predrag Bokšić replied on Apr. 8, 2017 @ 01:25 GMT
1. make sure that you do not represent any fake news

2. make sure that you are the creative, original crazy person

3. try to predict something you did not know had existed and then find it.

Sorry for the jokes, your content was filtered out. :-)

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