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August 22, 2019

CATEGORY: FQXi Essay Contest - Spring, 2017 [back]
TOPIC: Fundamental Revelations by Gary Valentine Hansen [refresh]
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Author Gary Valentine Hansen wrote on Jan. 24, 2018 @ 17:28 GMT
Essay Abstract

The essence of anything is defined by different authorities differently. The task of reducing multiple definitions to a single all-embracing definition of what constitutes the single most elementary, minimalist and universally applicable component of all “Fundamental” states involves a process of elimination. The search entails logical assessments of major scientific areas of interest that includes Time, Space, Energy and Matter; and the four fundamental forces: ‘the strong nuclear force’, ‘electromagnetism’, ‘the weak nuclear force’, ‘gravity’ – and on to mentality and beyond. The process of examination involves referral to the evolution of scientific ideas from the early Greek philosophers to those of contemporary scientists. As each of the branches of physics under consideration is examined they are found to be lacking that essential quality that is fundamental to all things, including ideas. So what? We return to consideration of the subject of the essay to examine the question ‘What?’ – to no avail. Then, without so much as an invitation, the answer to the FQXi question What is “Fundamental?” pops out of my mind.

Author Bio

Represented England in an international children’s camp at 15; attending the Outward Bound Sea School at 16; Undergraduate studies at the Canterbury School of Architecture (University of Kent), graduate studies at University College, London and the University of British Columbia; witnessing Nikita Khrushchev’s shoe-banging at the UN; mountaineering; travelling to remote corners of the world; practicing architecture; reading scientific literature in the understanding that science is the vanguard profession searching for fundamental truths, and putting my thoughts on paper in more than 200 essays - all contributed to a passion to understand what “It” was all about.

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Marcel-Marie LeBel wrote on Jan. 24, 2018 @ 19:53 GMT
Gary,

You got it! Existence is fundamental! A higher probability of existence in one direction is what we perceive as motion, if free, or as a force, if held up ....

Good historical account, right from the early Greek Philosophers..

All the bests,

Marcel,

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Author Gary Valentine Hansen replied on Jan. 27, 2018 @ 19:59 GMT
It was Jean-Paul Satre who pointed out that existence precedes essence, thereby establishing the fundamental axiom of existentialism. From the ancient Greeks to the recent present, philosophers have been assuming the opposite.

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Joe Fisher wrote on Jan. 25, 2018 @ 16:01 GMT
Dear Gary Valentine Hansen,

Reliable evidence exists that proves that the surface of the earth was formed millions of years before man and his utterly complex finite informational systems ever appeared on that surface. It logically follows that Nature must have permanently devised the only single physical construct of earth allowable.

Joe Fisher, Realist

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Author Gary Valentine Hansen replied on Jan. 26, 2018 @ 10:35 GMT
Joe,

I cannot make any connection between your comments and my essay. Could they have been misplaced?

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Jonathan J. Dickau wrote on Jan. 29, 2018 @ 05:06 GMT
I have downloaded your essay...

I'll comment once I get a chance to read. Thanks for reading mine.

All the Best,

Jonathan

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Ilgaitis Prusis wrote on Feb. 2, 2018 @ 12:25 GMT
Dear Gary,

The Existence is only an attribute that does not make sense if one does not name the object to which it possess. I assume that you think the Universe. Is it right?

According to Space, Time, Energy and Matter.

Equality of Energy and Matter is proved by Einstein: E = mcc. Origin of Space and Time from mass is shown in my essay and in attachment to it “New concept of Space.” The only one simple Space equation unify all known interactions. There is not necessary hyperspace, strings etc.

Regards

Ilgaitis

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Satyavarapu Naga Parameswara Gupta wrote on Feb. 6, 2018 @ 00:12 GMT
You have a wonderful understanding dear Gary Valentine Hansen

You wrote in your OP of Abstract very nicely..."The essence of anything is defined by different authorities differently. The task of reducing multiple definitions to a single all-embracing definition of what constitutes the single most elementary, minimalist and universally applicable component of all “Fundamental” states...

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Satyavarapu Naga Parameswara Gupta replied on Feb. 27, 2018 @ 19:41 GMT
Thank you dear Gary Valentine Hansen for your wonderful words,

I like your list of 'No's. If that is 'Reductionism', so be it!

Some essay authors have given little consideration to the FQXi evaluation criterion that essays should be 'accessible to a non-specialist audience'.

We are all enthusiastic about our own interests, and I am no exception - except that I am a member of...

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Jonathan J. Dickau wrote on Feb. 6, 2018 @ 01:29 GMT
Hello Gary,

This essay has been overlooked and greatly undervalued, so I elevated your prospects a bit. You do address the topic, you are articulate about what you are trying to say, and you have a good point to make. You have convinced me that existence is fundamental. Good luck enlightening others!

All the Best,

Jonathan

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Jonathan J. Dickau wrote on Feb. 6, 2018 @ 01:37 GMT
To whom it may concern

This looks correct in the preview. It appears carriage returns in my comments are being converted to the letter n, on the forum page. Sorry.

JJD

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William C. McHarris wrote on Feb. 13, 2018 @ 21:48 GMT
Dear Gary,

What a delightful, literate essay! I agree with Jonathan Dickau that your essay has been overlooked and undervalued. Your must have had a lot of fun when writing it. The science is somewhat weak in places, but despite that, I fund it to be a lovely overview of modern physics (especially theory) as seen from a philosophical perspective.

Keep up the good work!

Bill

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Terry Bollinger wrote on Feb. 17, 2018 @ 01:07 GMT
Gary,

Your essay is great fun to read. I would describe it as a highly comprehensive quick summary of “things fundamental” in history. Your final conclusion both surprised and amused me:

“We must ask ourselves what qualifies as being the foundation of our thinking and all things, be they tangible or ephemeral, known or unknown, past, present or future - and the answer jumps out...

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Author Gary Valentine Hansen wrote on Feb. 17, 2018 @ 17:48 GMT
Terry,

Your generous comments on my essay were much appreciated. Some days I feel a little like a salmon must feel swimming against the stream and hoping beyond hope that a bear will not catch me. But a salmon is a salmon and I am me.

Regarding my book 'It: The Architecture of Existence, you can order copies of the paperback volumes through your local bookstore, on-line from Amazon...

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Don Limuti wrote on Feb. 19, 2018 @ 21:37 GMT
Hi Gary,

I like your essay which provides a tour of the concept of fundamental.

Your tour led to the conclusion that Existence is fundamental. You are in good company. Existence as fundamental is a concept that traces itself to the long ago area of India (and probably a bunch of other places). The Sanskrit Sat-Chit-Ananda explains the reality as Existence-Consciousness-Bliss. I think the bliss part comes when we quit figuring what this existence is all about :)

Excellent essay,

Thanks,

Don Limuti

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Steven Andresen wrote on Feb. 22, 2018 @ 08:55 GMT
Dear Gary

If you are looking for another essay to read and rate in the final days of the contest, will you consider mine please? I read all essays from those who comment on my page, and if I cant rate an essay highly, then I don’t rate them at all. Infact I haven’t issued a rating lower that ten. So you have nothing to lose by having me read your essay, and everything to...

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corciovei silviu wrote on Feb. 23, 2018 @ 10:20 GMT
Nicely written MR. Hansen,

Very nice way of putting things together. Your argumentation is clear and I think further words are useless. Read and rate it accordingly.

If you would have the pleasure to read a related essay (starting from an axiom) I will fully appreciate.

Silviu

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Author Gary Valentine Hansen replied on Feb. 23, 2018 @ 16:52 GMT
Thanks a lot Silviu.

I shall read your essay as soon as possible.

Gary.

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Cristinel Stoica wrote on Feb. 24, 2018 @ 12:14 GMT
Dear Gary,

You wrote an enjoyable essay, informative about historical and philosophical aspects of physics, and containing interesting ideas.

Best regards,

Cristi Stoica

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Dizhechko Boris Semyonovich wrote on Feb. 24, 2018 @ 20:07 GMT
Dear Gary Valentine Hansen your essay is the scientific picture of the world. Try to enter it New Cartesian Physics, which is based on the principle of identity of space and matter of Descartes.

You might like to look at the sky and it seems to you empty infinite space in which it moves large and small body. However, this impression is deceptive. According to the principle of identity of space and matter Descartes, space is matter that moves. When Copernicus asserted that the Earth revolves around the Sun, he had to add that along with the Earth revolves around the Sun, all the solar space. Space is what built the world. Space contains information about the development of the Universe . Take a look at my essay in which I showed how radically can change physics, if it will follow this principle. Leave your autograph. FQXi Fundamental in New Cartesian Physics by Dizhechko Boris Semyonovich

Do not allow New Cartesian Physics go away into nothingness, which can to be the theory of everything OO.

I wish you success! Sincerely, Dizhechko Boris

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Peter Jackson wrote on Feb. 26, 2018 @ 02:23 GMT
Gary,

Thanks for your post on mine. Great essay and the most enjoyable, pleasing and entertaining read I've had this year. Great to find someone else with vision and who can write! I don't know how I missed your bio, no wonder we think alike.

Top marks for your essay, and thank you.

I hope you may go back to see previous finalist essays of mine as far back as 2011 (& papers) with seminal stuff I'm sure you'll love. QM was just a test as a proof of a more comprehensive model!

Very best

Peter

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Vladimir Rogozhin wrote on Feb. 26, 2018 @ 19:13 GMT
Dear Gary,

Excellent deep analytical essays with very important conclusions that give directions for overcoming the crisis of understanding in the foundation of science:

- "We should remind ourselves that we are searching for that which is fundamental to all things, including ideas."

- "Existence is "Fundamental".

"Everything is nothing in the absence of existence."

My highest score.

I believe that this is a problem of dialectical-ontological construction of the primordial generating structure. Here we need a new ontology and dialectic of "coincidence of opposites" in the spirit of Nikolai Cusa, taking into account all the achievements and problems of modern fundamental knowledge... Thank you very much for your comment on my forum and the evaluation of my ontological ideas.

Best regards,

Vladimir Rogozhin

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Flavio Del Santo wrote on Feb. 27, 2018 @ 00:16 GMT
Dear Gary,

Thanks for reminding me. I have been away for quite many days and only tonight I can get back here just im time to notice the same you have commented in my essay's page: something fishy is going on and people are desperatly and systematically downgrading top essays (this happened ti me already some days ago!). Anyway, I did read your interesting essay already and rated it high.

Best,

Flavio

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