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Steven Andresen: on 2/22/18 at 6:32am UTC, wrote Dear Narada If you are looking for another essay to read and rate in the...

Satyavarapu Gupta: on 2/14/18 at 1:42am UTC, wrote Dear Prof Narada, Thank you for a nice essay. You are correct in saying...

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TOPIC: What is Fundamental? by Narada Yasaskantha Wickramage [refresh]
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Author Narada Yasaskantha Wickramage wrote on Feb. 2, 2018 @ 19:00 GMT
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This essay argues that unless the universality of knowledge could be proven, we have no choice other than admitting the contextual validity of knowledge and points out that physics and mathematics of 20th and 21st centuries do not encourage pursuing universal truths and the best we can achieve is knowledge consistent within a given context or paradigm. Therefore as the answer to the question “what is fundamental” this essay proposes that what is fundamental is always context dependent and no universally fundamental things can be found.

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Joe Fisher wrote on Feb. 3, 2018 @ 15:36 GMT
Dear Narada Yasaskantha Wickramage,

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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Flavio Del Santo wrote on Feb. 3, 2018 @ 21:08 GMT
Dear Narada Yasaskantha Wickramage,

thank youy for your interesting essay.

I am quite sure you could be interested in my ideas as well in the essay entitled "Demolishing prejudices to get to the foundations", where, we argue that "what is fundamental?" is method-dependant, and in saying this, I think we are addressing one instance of what you call context-dependancy.

Your essay is unfortunately missing the references.

I look forward to discuss our essay in comparison, if you will find time to go through mine.

Best wishes,

Flavio

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Dizhechko Boris Semyonovich wrote on Feb. 4, 2018 @ 11:38 GMT
Dear Narada Wickramage, wonderful says: “There are no infinite number ofpeople in the world and the consent received from a finite number of humans does not make something auniversal truth (other than creating a false sense of objectivity).” However, in the context of the modern development of science, it is necessary to recognize the principle of the identity of space and matter Descartes' as essential. New Cartesian physics, which is based on the identity space and matter of Descartes’, wants to be the theory of everything. According to Descartes, space is matter, and matter is space that moves. Thus, space is the foundation for constructing fundamental theories.

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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Author Narada Yasaskantha Wickramage replied on Feb. 4, 2018 @ 18:20 GMT
I have said the following in my essay:

“General relativity and quantum mechanics are not compatible because they are based on two different sets of assumptions and it is clear that these assumptions are conflicting. Almost always scientific breakthroughs are made by changing the assumptions and therefore investigating the assumptions is as important as empirical validation and the...

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Anonymous wrote on Feb. 6, 2018 @ 19:20 GMT
The idea that physics encourages "pursuing universal truths" is an ancient philosophical idea that was abandoned many time ago.

Yes, the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics are incompatible, but this is not anything special; the history of science is full of cases where two or more incompatible theories co-exist until finally the incompatibility is solved by developing a new...

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Juan Ramón González Álvarez wrote on Feb. 6, 2018 @ 19:25 GMT
The above post is mine. I was logged out when submitting.

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Juan Ramón González Álvarez wrote on Feb. 6, 2018 @ 19:49 GMT
The idea that physics encourages "pursuing universal truths" is an ancient philosophical idea that was abandoned many time ago.

Yes, the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics are incompatible, but this is not anything special; the history of science is full of cases where two or more incompatible theories co-exist until finally the incompatibility is solved by developing a new...

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Satyavarapu Naga Parameswara Gupta wrote on Feb. 14, 2018 @ 01:42 GMT
Dear Prof Narada,

Thank you for a nice essay. You are correct in saying that GR and QM have different fundamental assumptions. Have a look at my essay again with different assumptions...

I hope you will not mind that I am not following main stream physics...

By the way…Here in my essay energy to mass conversion is proposed...……..….. yours is very nice essay best wishes...

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Steven Andresen wrote on Feb. 22, 2018 @ 06:32 GMT
Dear Narada

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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