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TOPIC: The Un-decidable as Natural Unit of physical Information: “Mind” as the Quantum Vacuum, “Matter” as its Interference Pattern by Chidi Idika [refresh]
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Author Chidi Idika wrote on Apr. 24, 2020 @ 21:10 GMT
Essay Abstract

The measurement problem in quantum mechanics is considered here to be comprised of the vacuum catastrophe and the mass gap existence question. That is, not having a working definition of the quantum vacuum (much less an accurate one) and yet expecting deterministic prediction of the observables may be likened to the futility in music/acoustics of attempting to predict the nth harmonic without first adopting a “fundamental frequency” or scale. It turns out that, given any system of waves, the norm/normal i.e. the reference phase/frame is never a deterministic prediction. However, as is shown by the ancient Pythagoreans, after a “fundamental” is adopted, every gauge else namely the harmonics (nodes/antinodes) are entirely predictable deterministically. Similarly, in mathematics the sets e.g. the natural or real numbers are predictable basing only on a number basis (the Peano constant; the imaginary unit). Failing this, one is locked ab initio in Russell’s paradox. Thinking along this line, the solution I offer here to the measurement problem (and to the problem of quantizing gravity) is straightforward: physics must stop seeing Planck’s quantum of the observables (v = E/ħ) as some fixed abstract quantity and instead start seeing it quite simply as the given mind. Meaning, it is physically speaking the self-referencing state proper of Gödel’s theorem and hence own un-decidable qualitatively — own “entropy” or so-called natural unit. Basing on this postulate, I attempt here to model the mind in man as actually the applicable holographic event horizon (Heisenberg Cut) namely as that norm/normal (quantum/vacuum) whose interference pattern or so-called Hawking radiation encodes the valid spectrum of observables. Conversely, one can now explain that, precisely because it is by definition itself the operative norm/normal of speed of light, a mind cannot actually renormalize gravitation.

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Chidi Idika is the convener of a pet project he calls the Orffia Irre Center for African Thought and Technology. He holds a B.A. (Hon) from the University of Nigeria Nsukka. He thinks of himself as a tinkerer. Meaning that, his creed is to approach problems from outside the box (so when you find yourself inside the box, do first mentally bring yourself outside of it, and vice versa). This attitude may explain that this writer takes on his inquiries here and anywhere without impostor syndrome of any kind. He encourages his readers to adopt similar attitude.

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Author Chidi Idika wrote on Apr. 27, 2020 @ 20:28 GMT
Welcome, dear reader.

Permit me to make some clarifications to aid your appreciation of my thesis. Here, precisely, is the question:

Is Gödel’s mathematical "Undecidable" Landauer's physical "Entropy"/limit?

Might we on this basis then model every mind as being own authentic holographic event horizon?

This will be in the understanding that Gödel’s ...

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Pavel Vadimovich Poluian wrote on May. 18, 2020 @ 13:39 GMT
Dear Chidi Idika!

I just read your work, but I didn’t understand much there - I still have to think about it. But I like your message. I myself associate Mind with spatial metrics. I think that the effect of consciousness occurs at the border, when the four-dimensional space-time is closed with the quaternionic space-time in one piece. And this is really happening: the closure occurs through an imaginary unit - a quantum segment of the time axis. (I wrote about this in a 2003 article in Numbers in Space - in the conference materials Quantum Mind 2003. )

I wish you the realization of your bold ideas and projects.

Yours sincerely -

Paul Poluian,

Siberian Federal University

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