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CATEGORY: Undecidability, Uncomputability, and Unpredictability Essay Contest (2019-2020) [back]
TOPIC: Scientific Determinism-A Case for Human Cognitive Selection Bias by Michael Muteru [refresh]
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Author Michael muteru wrote on Apr. 24, 2020 @ 14:13 GMT
Essay Abstract

Predictability is a measure of the degree of precision to which we describe and ascribe Phenomena in Physical systems. I propose and discuss how Anthropic Selection Bias is Non Trivial and places conceptual limitations to what we can ever or will ever know about the universe -“The elephant in the room”.

Author Bio

Michael Muteru is a Kenyan physicist,a seven time essayist on fqxi. My passion is exploring the unknown to come up with new knowledge -expanding frontiers.I love farming and seeking out solutions for common human problems through physics.

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Satyavarapu Naga Parameswara Gupta wrote on Apr. 28, 2020 @ 09:12 GMT
Respected Professor Michael Muteru,

Your excellent and well studied words about BIAS are........... WHAT IS A BIAS? A Bias is a Tendency by an arbitrating Authority to lean towards a particular inclination when confronted with options / choices in decision making. The decision, thus made is a product of bias. ...........

So bias should be the dominating point in any science is it not ? So what should be the Philosophy of scientific theory, should be unbiased is it not?

Something very similar I discussed in my essay " A properly deciding, Computing and Predicting new theory’s Philosophy " which is about Dynamic Universe Model.

I hope you can spare some of your valuable time there.........

Best Regards

=snp

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Author Michael muteru replied on Apr. 30, 2020 @ 11:58 GMT
thanks Sara Gupta. will surely Review your work. all the best

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Satyavarapu Naga Parameswara Gupta replied on Apr. 30, 2020 @ 18:58 GMT
Thank you for reading my essay. You wrote very nice essay. I am giving you the best rating,Best wishes to your essay. I hope you will try to rate my essay too

Best

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Author Michael muteru replied on May. 13, 2020 @ 19:06 GMT
Hello Gupta, Seen read and rated it.

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Antoine E Pinnock wrote on Apr. 28, 2020 @ 21:08 GMT
Wow very complex, love the effort and the flow charts to give a better view of things

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Author Michael muteru replied on Apr. 30, 2020 @ 12:08 GMT
Thanks alot ?

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David Brown wrote on Apr. 30, 2020 @ 08:15 GMT
"Is the Planck length really the shortest unit of length in the universe?" How might the concept of "the shortest unit of length in the universe" be tested? Near the Planck scale, do the concepts of time, length, and energy fail and need to be somehow replaced?

According to Seiberg, space and time might be "emergent concepts" that "will appear as approximate semiclassical notions in the macroscopic world."

"Emergent Spacetime" by Nathan Seiberg, 2006, arXiv

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Christian Corda wrote on Apr. 30, 2020 @ 09:16 GMT
Dear Michael Muteru,

Nice, intriguing and provocative Essay. Here are some comments:

1) You wrote: "A Bias is a Tendency by an arbitrating Authority to lean towards a particular inclination when confronted with options / choices in decision making. The decision, thus made is a product of bias." This is what I call "politics". Science, as well as every other human activity, is dominated by "politics". This is the most important message of your Essay. Regrettably, I agree with it, despite, fortunately, this does not imply that the current mainstream science is completely wrong. I think, instead, that it globally works.

2) I liked your discussion on quantum physics.

3) You wrote: "We sort of inhabit the middle of a Bubble-Our Hubble volume". This is only partially correct. In fact, not only the universe is Expanding outwards from us, but it is also expanding from every other point of it! This is the meaning of homogeneity and isotropy. Thus, every point of the universe inhabits the middle of a Bubble-Our Hubble volume.

In any case, you deserves an high score that I am going to give you. Good luck in the Contest.

Cheers, Ch.

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Author Michael muteru replied on Apr. 30, 2020 @ 12:09 GMT
Thank you Christian. Highly appreciate.

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H.H.J. Luediger wrote on Apr. 30, 2020 @ 15:50 GMT
Dear Michael,

I entirely agree with your basic position! The universe is that universe only FOR US and not even NOTHING otherwise.

But the search for the holy grail and the THING-IN-ITSELF has ever fascinated people...

best regards,

Heinz

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James Lee Hoover wrote on Apr. 30, 2020 @ 18:47 GMT
Michael,

Thanks for your kind remarks re my essay. You provide some interesting, though-provoking concepts regarding anthropic selection bias. I agree that there are limits imposed by our perception, but they are limits that we must overcome with thinking out of the box, so to speak. We should always be aware of confirmation bias in all realms of living. Even your reference of brain neurons working in up to 11 dimensions uses algebraic topology to show how structures in the brain react when information is processed. Being human tools and methodology, we should always have a healthy skepticism of such findings as well.

Liked your essay. We seem to agree on several points.

Regards,

Jim

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S.E. Grimm wrote on May. 1, 2020 @ 13:46 GMT
Dear Micheal Muteru,

You asked me today (04:44 GMT) to read your essay and give my opinion about the contents. Well, it is a meaningful essay, very interesting, and I agree with “the message”. Nevertheless I have to think a bit longer about the subject because it is an intriguing point of view. Good luck with the contest!

With kind regards, Sydney

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marcovici cristian alexandru wrote on May. 1, 2020 @ 17:45 GMT
i could not follow all your arguments , only the first tree pages, ( i like that you have used diagrams :)

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John-Erik Persson wrote on May. 2, 2020 @ 11:47 GMT
Michael

Thanks for this one

You have chosen a very important problem. I found this one interesting.

Regards _______________________ John-Erik

PS

Are you interested in this one?

The Michelson-Morley question

DS

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Branko L Zivlak wrote on May. 2, 2020 @ 22:39 GMT
Dear Michael Muteru

I read your well conceptualized essay with interesting pictures. I do not know much about quantum physics but to try not to have bias regarding this attitude of yours:

"ThePauli Exclusion Principle of the Dogmatic Quantum Mechanical principle that states that two or more identical fermions cannot occupy the same Quantum state within a Quantum System simultaneously."

What do you think: it is because in fermion the loop is complete and in bosons it is not?

You deserve a good rate.

Regards,

Branko

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Manfred U.E. Pohl wrote on May. 4, 2020 @ 18:33 GMT
Dear Michel Muteru,

i rated your essay a 10. It is perfect.

Personally, i expect to get more and more very negative ratings for my work, because my theory works like this:

There are 7.000.0000.000 scientist on the world

6.999.999.999 scientist claim that pi = 3,14............. and are looking for a solution

Then the try to step ahead and find that..

pi = ? (free of choice pi = 1 or 50 or 887,324234)

So best we agree that Pi = many worlds (we know that we were wrong, but now we know that we all were wrong and the solution could be

all together we are united if we agree that everyone can have its own pi.

No i come along and have to claim.. sorry to disturb you, but pi =1

There is no choice. (There is a special mathematical (geometry) proof for this)

pi / pi = pi pi =1

So i am right and 6.999.999.999 scientist are wrong. That makes most of all person very uncomfartable as i claim to be on top of all of you :-)

The covid-19 game (Matrix 4) is: Finding Patient Zero....

(Only one single person is able to do the job to be Patient Zero)

Best regards and all the best for the contest.

Manfred

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Jason W Steinmetz wrote on May. 7, 2020 @ 19:20 GMT
You wrote: "Bias is also a principle along which a choice is made instinctively out of an array of options. It’s thus a Best fit model of reality that suits the Observer’s preferences. The observer’s brain by default may thus impose this model of Reality on virtually any new observation encountered, as a template to map out new landscapes."

I certainly agree with your fundamental premise, which is that what we perceive as reality (our Weltanschauung, if you will) is skewed by our biases about reality. However, this raises the same question that Immanuel Kant raised, which is how do we know the thing in itself?

You present an interesting perspective on this. I wish you well in the contest.

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adel sadeq wrote on May. 7, 2020 @ 20:09 GMT
Dear Michael,

Thank you for reading my essay and commenting. As to your system, it looks like one more way to look at QM in general. Thanks again.

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Author Michael muteru replied on May. 8, 2020 @ 15:45 GMT
thanks sadeq, I appreciate.

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Syed Raiyan Nuri Reza wrote on May. 10, 2020 @ 19:39 GMT
Dear Professor Michael Muteru,

I had read your essay, and found your emphasis on the role of human cognition, and the resulting anthropic bias thought provoking!

Godspeed on this contest, and again thanks for having read my work.

Kind Regards,

Raiyan Reza

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paul schroeder wrote on May. 10, 2020 @ 21:23 GMT
Dear Michale Muteru

I do appreciate that you liked my paper. Your response did confuse me as you primarily referenced the Shepard Society. It would have been more useful if you had discussed the issues that I had provided.

I guess you back off because of the limit of what we can understand about the universe.

Paul Scyhroeder

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Peter Jackson wrote on May. 11, 2020 @ 14:59 GMT
Michael,

Thanks for your post and kind comments on mine on 30th. I've got to yours at last. Yes, I agree most all Except; at one point your wording is poor stating 'space IS expanding' wearas that's just one of the flawed interpretations you correctly identify. Indeed selection bias is rife.

Of course it's also becoming clear the Planck length indeed ISN'T the shortest length in the universe, as you suggest. Wolframs latest paper elegantly now derives that at 10-93, in agreement with my own work.

And 'BIAS AS CAMOUFLAGE'? Yes I do like that. Nice essay. I have it down for a good score.

Very best

Peter

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Cristinel Stoica wrote on May. 13, 2020 @ 13:35 GMT
Dear Michael,

I liked your essay, there are several interesting ideas that I appreciate. Particularly about bias and its impact on our representations of the world. Indeed, there are evolutionary factors for this, in particular for anthropic reasoning. Perhaps it is almost impossible to avoid being biased, since our neural networks work based on it. Good luck with the contest!

Cheers,

Cristi

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Author Michael muteru replied on May. 13, 2020 @ 19:10 GMT
Dear cristinel. Thanks all the best.

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Rajiv K Singh wrote on May. 14, 2020 @ 13:31 GMT
Dear Michael Muteru,

Passing the test posed in the first line of your text, I assert, I am alive. I like the metaphor, "Life arises from consciousness", for unless one is conscious, one does not know one is alive, even though consciousness arose from life (or in living systems).

I do agree that scientific biases also fall within the zone of effect of anthropic reasoning. Even the...

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Dizhechko Boris Semyonovich wrote on May. 14, 2020 @ 14:17 GMT
Dear Michael Muther, your excellent essay as a good popular science lecture on physics for schoolchildren not only simply and clearly sets out modern physics, but also explores the anthropological influence on the preference of certain views on physical phenomena. Anthropological choice determines the scatter in the views of researchers on the same phenomena. Sometimes they endlessly argue about the same thing, but in different languages ​​(concepts). Dialectical materialism in this case claims that the criterion of truth is practice. But the only question is - where can we get this practice? You only have to be an observer and strain your brains, giving rise to different fantasies, competing with each other in their originality. My originality is to use Descartes’s identity of space and matter to generalize modern physics, according to which space is matter, and matter is space that moves, since it is matter. However, researchers resist the adoption of a new paradigm in physics, as they are used to living according to old concepts. I hope that you will include a neocartesian view of the world in your system of views. I give a high rating and wish you success in the competition.

   Sincerely, Boris Dzhechko.

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Alyssa Adams wrote on May. 15, 2020 @ 22:40 GMT
Hello Michael!

I really love your point about bias being a filter that we see the world. Actually, my favorite thing about the invention of quantum mechanics is the idea of baking an observer right into the math. I think that is such a nice mathematical trick that was able to explain so many weird things they were observing at the time. I personally think that biology needs to do a similar thing if a mathematical framework were to be fit around it. Just for fun, do you think entropy and the arrow of time are a consequence of us (as observers) having a biased and limited view of the world? (I like to think this could be the case, for no other reason other than it would be very interesting, but I have absolutely no mathematical basis to support my claim!)

Cheers!

Alyssa

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Neil Bates wrote on May. 19, 2020 @ 00:53 GMT
Dear Dr. Muteru,

Your essay is a nice piece of readable, compact interdisciplinary exploration of the foundational issues of the raw material of measurements and how we should interpret them and their more complex configurations. And true that human nature cannot be evaded as an element of these interactions, for we are not just perceiving but constructing our observations. I recommend Ian Durham's essay here at https://fqxi.org/community/forum/topic/3555 for similar thoughts. Also the writings of polymath Robert Anton Wilson, on "reality tunnels" in particular.

Also: if any readers might take at look at my own piece (https://fqxi.org/community/forum/topic/3548/), addressing the issue of the strong correlations of entanglement and how neo-mechanistic models of quantum physics aren't enough - it could use more votes on this last day. Thank you.

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