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CATEGORY: Undecidability, Uncomputability, and Unpredictability Essay Contest (2019-2020) [back]
TOPIC: Mother of all Existence by Rajiv K Singh [refresh]
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Author Rajiv K Singh wrote on Feb. 25, 2020 @ 21:33 GMT
Essay Abstract

Strong determinism refers to unique thread of evolution of our universe, i.e, the state of universe at any given moment has unique precursor and unique subsequent states. Such a picture has a serious problem that it precludes the creation of universe. But then, what is the basis of indeterminism, what role it may play in the creation and sustenance? On the other hand, the current description of quantum physics lacks a theory of interaction. At each interaction in microscopic realm, two-fold magic seems to occur, 1. a particular outcome appears without any basis in physical context, and 2. the outcome seems to be based on mathematical probability -- if so, then how may probability translate into function? On yet another side, the reality of information as evidenced in our varied perceptions of each moment is entirely missing in physics. Could it also be related to the same causal indeterminism that is in turn relatable to existence? It seems apparent that the inherent indeterminism plays a critical role in undecidability. This essay connects these concepts at a deeper level, and suggests how even causal function may emerge.

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With deep interest in understanding how the brain functions from information processing perspective, I left (Astro)physics a while ago. I have been a freelance researcher since. Nearly two years ago, I published a work that aims to establish the reality of information in physical universe, and mechanism of processing of information at each physical interaction, which can also be organized in hierarchy to give rise to representation of arbitrary structured and abstract semantics (content of information). https://doi.org/10.3390/info9070168

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H.H.J. Luediger wrote on Feb. 26, 2020 @ 21:56 GMT
Dear Rajiv,

many years ago I read "A History of Indian Philosophy" by Surendranath Dasgupta and I found it [Indian Philosophy] full of deep wisdom. I may be back with specific comments on your essay later on.

Heinz

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Author Rajiv K Singh replied on Feb. 28, 2020 @ 13:06 GMT
Dear Heinz,

I am not well read in Indian Philosophy, but by virtue of being in India, one gets exposed to many scriptures anyway. India is a tropical country, food sources were relatively in abundance in ancient times, people had time. Indeed there was a culture of seeking truth, rather ultimate truth, which they thought was knowable. They did not have technology. They naturally failed in that mission, but discussions on topics lasted for centuries, sometimes even for millennia. Authors also did not sign a book sometimes, for contributions were added and pruned subsequently for long. If nothing else, they did arrive at deeper wisdom in certain areas.

Thanks for your observation.

Rajiv

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Satyavarapu Naga Parameswara Gupta replied on Mar. 4, 2020 @ 21:28 GMT
Hi Rajiv Sab,

There is philosophical touch in your essay, I appreciate it,

If you are replying any of comments I posted on your essay, I request you to post a copy or intimation that you posted reply, on my essay

“A properly deciding, Computing and Predicting new theory’s Philosophy”

also,so that I can continue discussion….

Best Regards

=snp.gupta

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Michael muteru wrote on May. 1, 2020 @ 06:31 GMT
Hi Rajiv.First let me commend you for tackling the 3u s head-on. I love your basis on the Vedas,still coming to terms with this ancient philosophical masterpiece. I particularly got caught by rene Descartes quote -i think therefore I am. translated. in your essay.i rated you accordingly,i too have interest in studying the Human brain. I hope we'll share soon. I have done something on Human Cognitive bias -https://fqxi.org/community/forum/topic/3525 .kindly read/rate,all comments are welcome and are highly appreciated.Thanks,Keep up the great work. Best wishes in the essay.

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Author Rajiv K Singh replied on May. 14, 2020 @ 13:47 GMT
Hi Michael Muteru,

Finally, I got to follow your essay, and posted my comments.

By the way, I did not base the arguments on Vedic knowledge but just before submitting, I noticed this verse from an interpretation of Vedas, which I found rather appropriate.

Indeed, I would love to connect more deeply on how the brain does what it does. I would like if you could open dialogue starting with what you do not like about my essay.

Thanks for giving it a try, but please critique more critically.

Rajiv

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Cristinel Stoica wrote on May. 13, 2020 @ 13:20 GMT
Dear Rajiv,

This is an interesting essay, with many thought provoking ideas. Congratulations and good luck in the contest!

Cheers,

Cristi

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Vladimir Nikolaevich Fedorov wrote on May. 17, 2020 @ 12:20 GMT
Dear Rajiv

I greatly appreciated your work and discussion. I am very glad that you are not thinking in abstract patterns.

While the discussion lasted, I wrote an article: “Practical guidance on calculating resonant frequencies at four levels of diagnosis and inactivation of COVID-19 coronavirus”, due to the high relevance of this topic. The work is based on the practical solution of problems in quantum mechanics, presented in the essay FQXi 2019-2020 “Universal quantum laws of the universe to solve the problems of unsolvability, computability and unpredictability”.

I hope that my modest results of work will provide you with information for thought.

Warm Regards, `

Vladimir

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