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TOPIC: The Fundamental Unit for Modeling Life, the Universe and Everything by Amos Golan [refresh]
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Author Amos Golan wrote on Jan. 26, 2018 @ 16:21 GMT
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The fundamental unit is that which allows adequate construction of a model or a theory without any additional information. Any additional information beyond the fundamental unit unnecessarily opens the solution to error and bias. Each system or problem has its own fundamental unit given the characteristics of the model and the complexity of the question under consideration. Defining fundamental in relation to model building informs not just scientific research, but also the decisions we make and problems we solve daily. This essay investigates the fundamental unit using an information theoretic approach.

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Amos Golan is a professor of economics and directs the Info-Metrics Institute at American University. He is also an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute and a Senior Associate at Pembroke College, Oxford. His research is primarily in the interdisciplinary field of info-metrics - the science and practice of information processing, modeling, inference, and problem solving with insufficient information. He has published in economics, econometrics, statistics, mathematics, physics and philosophy journals. His most recent book is Foundations of Info-Metrics: Modeling, Inference, and Imperfect Information (OUP, 2018; http://info-metrics.org).

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Joe Fisher wrote on Jan. 26, 2018 @ 17:35 GMT
Dear Professor Amos Golan,

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 Amos Golan replied on Jan. 27, 2018 @ 21:35 GMT
Dear Joe:

Thank you for taking the time to read my essay and provide a comment.

Amos

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Dizhechko Boris Semyonovich wrote on Jan. 28, 2018 @ 16:42 GMT
Dear Amos Golan, I am delighted that you have created a method for determining the fundamental unit. Formulating new Cartesian physics on the basis of the principle of the identity of space and the matter of Descartes, I proceeded from the fact that the fundamental must be simple, understandable and economize our thinking in conditions of a scarcity of intellectual resources. To those who are trying to revive the idea of the ether to overcome the crisis in physics, I say that you do not need to do this if there is a physical space that is matter. I ask you to read my essay and, using your method, to determine whether the physical space represented as matter can be a fundamental unit.

Sincerely, Dizhechko Boris Semyonovich.

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Satyavarapu Naga Parameswara Gupta wrote on Feb. 6, 2018 @ 21:11 GMT
Amos Golan

Your op ....The fundamental unit is that which allows adequate construction of a model or a theory without any additional information... exactly correct

Here in my essay energy to mass conversion is proposed...……..….. yours is very nice essay best wishes …. I highly appreciate hope your essay and hope for reciprocity ….You may please spend some of the valuable...

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Steven Andresen wrote on Feb. 22, 2018 @ 07:40 GMT
Dear Amos

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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