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Peter Jackson: on 5/18/20 at 20:50pm UTC, wrote Vito, Excellent job! and very original. I suspect you may have hoped for...

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CATEGORY: Undecidability, Uncomputability, and Unpredictability Essay Contest (2019-2020) [back]
TOPIC: The Discernible Universe? Absolutely by vito robert D'Angelo [refresh]
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Author vito robert D'Angelo wrote on Apr. 7, 2020 @ 12:53 GMT
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Can anyone imagine a skyscraper or a nuclear power plant built without a blueprint? Is our sun nothing more than a glorified nuclear fusion reactor? Do we really believe in what Einstein called "spooky action" at a distance of the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics?

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Daniel Thomas Hawkley wrote on Apr. 7, 2020 @ 19:01 GMT
Most authors don't doubt observed thermodynamics in favor of decimals. So I think a scientific essay using mathematical symbols should at least directly acknowledge if not directly account for the theme this contest.

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Author vito robert D'Angelo replied on Apr. 15, 2020 @ 00:51 GMT
Hi Daniel, thank you for taking the time to comment on my paper. If I may ask you to clarify your criticism. My paper makes bold claims that utilizes simple arithmetic, so it would be easy to prove or disprove the equations. it would be nice for someone to make the effort to disprove the math.

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George Gantz wrote on May. 5, 2020 @ 18:26 GMT
Vito -

I'd be interested in hearing more about Utrixical Theory in language that I can understand. Unfortunately I do not have the background to be able to discern the implications of what you are suggesting in your paper. The best I can do is offer an amusing quatrain from the Rubaiyat:

LVI. For "Is" and "Is-not" though with Rule and Line

And "UP-AND-DOWN" by Logic I define,

Of all that one should care to fathom, I

was never deep in anything but--Wine.

Best - George Gantz, The Door That Has No Key: https://fqxi.org/community/forum/topic/3494

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Pavel Vadimovich Poluian wrote on May. 17, 2020 @ 05:45 GMT
I met your essay with interest. I liked the original idea! I really liked the imaginative situations when you smear the planet with Vaseline and use shrink wrap. I highly appreciate this originality))) I wrote you a letter with an interesting story on a similar topic. I wish you, Angelo, - happy flight!

Sincerely, Pavel Poluian.

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Peter Jackson wrote on May. 18, 2020 @ 20:50 GMT
Vito,

Excellent job! and very original. I suspect you may have hoped for more objections but there was to much sense hidden in there! Glad I got to it. We seem to have some great commonalities. I re-work everything from tiny parts of the atom, and it suddenly works perfectly! I hope you get to it in time & comment.

Well done for yours. I don't agree it deserves such a poor score.

best

Peter

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