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Author juan manuel jones volonte wrote on Apr. 24, 2020 @ 22:43 GMT
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The aim of this essay is to propose a different ontology based on creativity, we can call this not even an ontology but a praxis. The metaphysical desire for mechanical and deterministic explanations stops us to fully embrace the teachings of quantum mechanics, our best empirical theory. Even more, mathematics must be recognized for what it is, a creation of human intellect. We can create many different algorithms that explain certain aspects of the same part of nature, we can use them to create new and fascinating entities. What we cannot expect is to explain nature at a fundamental level as a classical computer.

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I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and then moved 10 years to Patagonia. Now Im living in a little brazilian beach, connected to the scientific community via internet and sites like fqxi.org. My main theoretical interest are in the foundations of science.

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Author juan manuel jones volonte wrote on Apr. 25, 2020 @ 02:56 GMT
juan manuel jones volonte re-uploaded the file jones_volonte_The_meaning_o.pdf for the essay entitled "The meaning of predicting yourself and the limits of objetivation" on 2020-04-25 02:56:55 UTC.

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John David Crowell wrote on Apr. 25, 2020 @ 08:31 GMT
Juan. I like your proposal to go back to the fundamentals of creation/creativity to understand what is going on in the universe. In my essay I propose a model (with correspondence to universal measurements of how this happened. I believe you will find it interesting and it gives credence to your ideas. I would appreciate your comments. John D Crowell

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George Gantz wrote on May. 15, 2020 @ 20:08 GMT
Juan - An interesting essay, thanks. You should be getting more attention and I hope my score will help. I like the idea that we should look at "actions and creativity as core concepts" instead of looking at objects. The features of reality are fundamentally interdependent - a fact which objectification misses completely. In my essay I focus on three qualities of the realities of math, mind and matter -- they are fundamental entangled, purposeful and self-referential. Of necessity, then, we have to cope with undicedlability, uncertainty and incompleteness.

Wishing you the best, my friend -

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. 18, 2020 @ 17:59 GMT
In our opinion, the conflict of quantum mechanics and continuum of relativistic concepts due to the fact that the latter are based on the standard geometry (space-to-us ---- phenomenon). Meanwhile, the real emptiness around us (space-in-itself ---- noumenon) is essentially different - it is algebraic, discrete, digital.

We want to say that your idea is half true. Mind modeling the space using our designs, which depend on practice. But cognition is ALREADY SET - this is the essence of our mind.

Thus, we take Kant's classical approach into account, but we change it taking into account Descartes' dualism and mathematical Platonism. As a result, metaphysics of panentheism is revealed (Karl Krause, Semyon Frank, Nikolai Berdyaev). With this in mind, we proposed to revise the basic concepts of space, time and motion - with support for the program of Alexander Zinoviev "Logical Physics". This was shown in our competitive work.

Since we found a similarity between our approaches, we decided to give you a positively rating. We hope that you will also read my essay and evaluate it positively.

We wish you a successful scientific work!

Truly yours,

Pavel Poluian and Dmitry Lichargin,

Siberian Federal University.

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