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CATEGORY: Undecidability, Uncomputability, and Unpredictability Essay Contest (2019-2020) [back]
TOPIC: Twisting the limits by Thad Roberts [refresh]
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Author Thad Roberts wrote on Apr. 24, 2020 @ 21:50 GMT
Essay Abstract

“Impossible” represents not the champion of thought, but instead the resting place of the champion. There’s nothing like the siren song of “impossibility” to remind us of the futility of taking better aim, or to justify abandoning our reach. There’s nothing like the shield of “impossibility” to permanently excuse our failure to understand, or to warn others against exploring that dead end. There’s nothing like the authority of “impossibility” to make “there’s no need to look further, no need to keep up the quest” sound reasonable. There’s nothing like the “impossible” to explain why the time of heroes is in the past. Then again, impossibilities are also limits—boundary conditions. And the most natural way to make sense of a system is to explain its features in terms of its boundary conditions, as consequences of how its structural limits intersect. Does this logic extend to the universe itself? Can the universe and all its characteristics be understood in terms of limits, in terms of a simple set of boundary conditions? Or does the existence of logical limits somehow forever restrict us from the comprehension we are after, from getting beneath quantum mechanics, from finding a theory of everything?

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Thad Roberts is an author, physicist, philosopher, and adventurer who passionately explores the possibility that quantum mechanics is not exact, but instead, is an accurate approximation of a deeper deterministic theory.

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George Gantz wrote on May. 15, 2020 @ 19:54 GMT
Thad - A brilliant essay - you should be getting much more attention and I hope my score will help. I am particularly interested in the idea of defining things in terms of boundaries. I think the failure to understand boundaries has led so many great thinkers astray - like wandering into the postulation of an infinite multiverse without ever recognizing the impossibilities/meaninglessness of such infinities. That vortices is a more fruitful way of understanding physics is also interesting - but I'm afraid the math is beyond me.

I hope you have a chance to read my essay - I have focussed on the structural features of autonoetic consciousness as they key to understanding the boundaries and relationships in the reality in which we live.

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

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David Heggli replied on May. 16, 2020 @ 09:55 GMT
Brilliant essay indeed. Probably not the final destination but a new base camp on the way to the top. Might be too far ahead of its time to be recognized...

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David Heggli wrote on May. 16, 2020 @ 09:50 GMT
Brilliant essay. Probably not the final destination but a new base camp on the way to the top. Might be too far ahead of its time to be recognized...

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Vladimir Nikolaevich Fedorov wrote on May. 17, 2020 @ 06:05 GMT
Dear Thad,

I greatly appreciated your work. 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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Anthony Constantinou wrote on Jun. 26, 2020 @ 10:51 GMT
This is quite interesting.

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