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Steven Andresen: on 2/22/18 at 6:33am UTC, wrote Dear J Wiegand If you are looking for another essay to read and rate in...

Satyavarapu Gupta: on 2/14/18 at 1:34am UTC, wrote Dear Dr J. Wiegand Wonderful Op ....." Different paths and different...

James Hoover: on 2/11/18 at 18:01pm UTC, wrote J. Wiegard, Undoubtedly, there are many paths of fundamental but my...

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TOPIC: What Is ”Fundamental”? : The many paths of ”Fundamentality”... by J. Wiegand [refresh]
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Author J. Wiegand wrote on Feb. 2, 2018 @ 19:00 GMT
Essay Abstract

Different paths and different points of view yield different answers. After discussing the ubiquity of vibration and energy in the physical world, we notice the universe can be described in terms of information on the one hand and by geometry and mathematics on the other hand. It is also pointed out that the fundamental building blocks of matter are elementary particles which reorganized themselves into more complex structures such as rocks, trees, animals and humans. The "fundamentality" of consciousness and the importance of time, events and causality is also addressed. The beauty is that all these concepts are related to each other (by logic and physical laws).

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I have a PhD in theoretical physics and was trained in north America. I enjoy philosophical discussions.

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Joe Fisher wrote on Feb. 3, 2018 @ 15:34 GMT
Dear Dr J. Wiegand,

FQXi.org is clearly seeking to confirm whether Nature is fundamental.

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.

All objects, be they solid, liquid, or vaporous have always had a visible surface. This is because the real Universe must consist only of one single unified VISIBLE infinite surface occurring eternally in one single infinite dimension that am always illuminated mostly by finite non-surface light.

Only the truth can set you free.

Joe Fisher, Realist

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Dizhechko Boris Semyonovich wrote on Feb. 4, 2018 @ 12:37 GMT
Dear J. Wiegand, Я высоко ценю ваше эссе. Some of your questions have an answer in the New Cartesian Physics, which is based on the identity space and matter of Descartes’ and wants to be the theory of everything OO. According to Descartes, space is matter, and matter is space that moves. Thus, space is the foundation for constructing fundamental theories. The space has information, which is then realized in the device of the world. Look at my essay, FQXi Fundamental in New Cartesian Physics by Dizhechko Boris Semyonovich Where I showed how radically the physics can change if it follows this principle. Evaluate and leave your comment there. Then I'll give you a rating as the bearer of Descartes' idea. Do not allow New Cartesian Physics go away into nothingness.

Sincerely, Dizhechko Boris Semyonovich.

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James Lee Hoover wrote on Feb. 5, 2018 @ 20:37 GMT
J. Wiegand,

Uniting GR and the quantum world thru TOe seems the key to fundamental regarding your discussion but simulation is left open. Certainly the question is open for all of us. You explain the different paths - visual, scientific and mathematical -- w/o exposing prejudices. My approach perhaps emphasizes more how generally fundamental changes with discovery. Hope you can check it out.

Jim Hoover

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Juan Ramón González Álvarez wrote on Feb. 6, 2018 @ 20:30 GMT
As P.W. Anderson notes, biology is not applied chemistry, neither chemistry is applied physics. Even if we ignore that, the idea that a fundamental (complete) theory of physics would allow us to understand everything without leaving no questions unanswered is invalid. The concept of TOE goes against the very essence of what is science.

"All known physics is made of vibrations in one way or...

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James Lee Hoover wrote on Feb. 11, 2018 @ 18:01 GMT
J. Wiegard,

Undoubtedly, there are many paths of fundamental but my definition involves fundamental being that which is necessary for existence which narrow it down. Yet, like you, I believe so-called fundamental theories must be approached with skepticism.

I feel every concept contributes to an understanding of “fundamental,” so I am reviewing my own sketchy evaluations to help my understanding and see if I have rated them. I find that I did not rate yours and will remedy that today. Hope you get a chance to check out mine.

Jim

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Satyavarapu Naga Parameswara Gupta wrote on Feb. 14, 2018 @ 01:34 GMT
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Wonderful Op ....." Different paths and different points of view yield different answers. After discussing the ubiquity of vibration and energy in the physical world, we notice the universe can be described in terms of information on the one hand and by geometry and mathematics on the other hand........... The "fundamentality" of consciousness and the importance of time,...

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Steven Andresen wrote on Feb. 22, 2018 @ 06:33 GMT
Dear J Wiegand

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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