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CATEGORY: Wandering Towards a Goal Essay Contest (2016-2017) [back]
TOPIC: Intent from Mindless Mathematical Laws by William L Stubbs [refresh]
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Author William L Stubbs wrote on Mar. 6, 2017 @ 16:55 GMT
Essay Abstract

This essay first considers how some systems may take on the appearance of acting with aim and intent, but actually progress at the mercy of their environments and surroundings. From this, it suggests that the only natural systems that truly act with aim and intent are living systems. It then shows how living systems are born out of the evolving complexity of particles, which is driven by phenomena expressed as mathematical laws. Consequently, it appears that mathematical laws give rise to aims and intentions by facilitating complexity.

Author Bio

William L. Stubbs was born in Miami, FL in 1956. He received a Nuclear Engineering degree from the University of Tennessee in 1978; then worked for Westinghouse, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and the U.S. Department of Energy, until retiring in 2005. Once retired, he began spending time researching various topics in physics. To date, he has self-published four books, Nuclear Alternative in 2008, Gravity in 2012, Proton Structure in 2015, and The Physics of Bodies in Real and Imaginary Spaces in 2016. He has also had several related articles published in Infinite Energy Magazine.

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Joe Fisher wrote on Mar. 11, 2017 @ 16:58 GMT
Dear William L Stubbs,

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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Satyavarapu Naga Parameswara Gupta wrote on Mar. 13, 2017 @ 14:38 GMT
Nice essay Stubbs,

Your ideas and thinking are excellent for eg.,

1. It seems we assign aim and intent to systems or situations that are incognizant and thoughtless in order to better understand and cope with them. It is easier to deal with an entity that possesses intent, than with something viewed to be acting indiscriminately

2. Consequently, the fundamental laws are...

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Peter Jackson wrote on Mar. 26, 2017 @ 15:02 GMT

Your essay seem to have had few reads yet I found it interesting to the point of fascinating, and biologically informative. I also agree fundamentally with a complex and 'layered' causal system able to reproduce what we call 'intent'. I think its low placing is quite unwarranted so will help.

You didn't seem to mention or derive mutation. I've suggested an even lower scale derivation and identified a dynamic geometrical mechanism also reproducing QM's predictions classically! (I also suggest why this may be seen as unacceptable to current doctrine).

I hope you may read mine and comment at least on the suggested fundamentally random mutation derivation at the quantum scale.

Best of luck in the contest.


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Author William L Stubbs replied on Mar. 27, 2017 @ 14:25 GMT

Thank you for reading my essay and giving it a fair rating. I am an unknown in these circles, and this, along with a relatively late submittal, appears to have rendered my essay lost in the crowd.

You are correct in your observation that I did not address mutation. As you can see from my bio, my background is in nuclear physics. While I also have a fair amount of experience...

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Yehuda Atai wrote on Mar. 28, 2017 @ 17:05 GMT
Hi William,

Thanks for your great ontological essay. I tend to agree with the logic you give to the mathematical block/problematic we have, in understanding the language of how particles convert into a cell of one kind or another.

You say at your conclusion "The evolution from elementary particles to DNA appears to be one of the ways that mindless mathematical laws give rise to aims and intentions."

In my essay I show that We have a substrata of natural language of maintaining the unique self-organization, the phenomenon, from the sub particle (waive) to life forms and other forms like energy=mater, from quarks (1 in the power of -24 has been proved) to stars and galaxies and within the nano level of 1 in the power of -34 (hasn't been proved). All this in a universe of finite phenomenon to endless phenomena.

In my essay I show first, the way we ratifying continuously our concreteness as self-organization although we change all the time while keeping our perception as unique self. As Socrates, as william etc. And second, I show that it is all in the qualities of the movement attributes. It is all ontological and subjective and that is its/our eminent beauty.

I wonder about your feedback on my essay: "we are together, therefore I am", and maybe you will find a way to define in a mathematical way, a model for the language of the Attributes of the Movement-phenomenon.

With high expectation

Yehuda Atai

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Dizhechko Boris Semyonovich wrote on Apr. 7, 2017 @ 07:54 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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Branko L Zivlak wrote on Apr. 7, 2017 @ 17:31 GMT
Dear Mr. Stubbs

I like your essay. For me, specifically Figure 1 is interesting.

You have taken a journey up the road of complexity from protons to DNA.

I have taken a journey up the road of universe to proton. Please try to understand my essay.

Any idea what is the value of gravity of the proton? The rating is 10.



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