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TOPIC: What if Meaning is Fundamental by Todd L Duncan [refresh]
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Author Todd L Duncan wrote on Jan. 30, 2018 @ 22:35 GMT
Essay Abstract

What if the most fundamental aspect of the universe is something analogous to the meaning of a poem or story? This essay builds on intuitive ideas of meaning related to story in human experience, to imagine a foundation for physics based on universal properties of meaning that are not anthropomorphic.

Author Bio

Todd Duncan teaches physics and astronomy at Pacific University, with a perspective summarized in a recent TEDx talk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qd64CZCckEs. His background includes a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Chicago, an M.Phil. in physics from the University of Chicago, and a B.S. in physics from the University of Illinois.

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Jonathan J. Dickau wrote on Jan. 31, 2018 @ 04:37 GMT
Hi Todd,

I just wanted to inform you that there is another essay in this contest with a rather similar message, by a Nobel laureate. So you might want to check out "The Fundamentality of Meaning" by Brian Josephson. I've downloaded your to read.

All the Best,

Jonathan

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Author Todd L Duncan replied on Jan. 31, 2018 @ 05:32 GMT
Hi Jonathan,

Thank you! Yes, I'm very happy to see Brian Josephson's essay as well as several others exploring a similar theme from different perspectives. And in more depth than my brief attempt to frame a possible approach. Looking forward to reading and discussing!

Best regards,

Todd

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Jonathan J. Dickau replied on Jan. 31, 2018 @ 07:29 GMT
Much good to read there is..

Plenty to enjoy, there will be.

Have Fun!

Jonathan

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Brian D. Josephson replied on Jan. 31, 2018 @ 11:28 GMT
There are indeed many connections between our two approaches. As I noted, biosemiotics slips meaning in by the way attention to what is meaningful in any given context is needed to achieve a goal, while in regard to your whole-part connection Barad writes of the special way different agencies combine through their 'intra-actions' to create a process. With regard to the meaning of poetry, as referred to in my own essay I have discussed in collaboration with a musicologist the role of music, and concluded that it may be meaningful to some kind of universal mind.

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Angelica Mandy Mandy wrote on Jan. 31, 2018 @ 06:25 GMT
Academic need to be scored autonomously. Human raters can best accomplish this by scoring all expositions sequentially for one single attribute at the time top notch all papers for Content. Therefore score all expositions for the Formal necessity next for Development, Structure and Coherence, et cetera till the last Trait.Do my Essay for me

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Satyavarapu Naga Parameswara Gupta wrote on Feb. 10, 2018 @ 02:02 GMT
Respected Prof Todd L Duncan

Good idea sir, " intuitive ideas of meaning related to story in human experience, to imagine a foundation for physics based on universal properties of meaning that are not anthropomorphic. " By the way...

Here in my essay energy to mass conversion is proposed...……..….. yours is very nice essay best wishes …. I highly appreciate hope your essay...

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Christophe Tournayre wrote on Feb. 11, 2018 @ 06:08 GMT
Dear Todd,

Your essay is interesting. It would have been worth to develop your ideas a bit more.

Kind regards,

Christophe

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Author Todd L Duncan replied on Feb. 13, 2018 @ 05:59 GMT
Hi Christophe,

Thank you, yes I'm looking forward to developing these ideas more... with the help of the insights from many other thought-provoking essays on this forum!

Kind wishes,

~ Todd

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Steven Andresen wrote on Feb. 22, 2018 @ 07:10 GMT
Dear Todd

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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Luca Valeri wrote on Feb. 26, 2018 @ 23:17 GMT
Your short nice Essay deserves more than the actual rating. It is certainly a line of thought to follow.

I would have loved to write more what I think of your ideas, but i do not have the time.

Luca

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Juan Ramón González Álvarez wrote on Mar. 1, 2018 @ 20:08 GMT
Meaning? Meaning of what? Meaning of something. This something is more fundamental than the meaning.

The universe is a physical object that evolves. The story is the evolution of the Universe, not the universe itself.

The example of the poem illustrates this perfectly. We have the fundamental particles grouped in a piece of paper and ink (or alternative way that the poem is stored). The poem itself is a collection of words and punctuation signs with a concrete meaning. So the layers are

particles --> materials --> characters --> meaning

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