Search FQXi


If you are aware of an interesting new academic paper (that has been published in a peer-reviewed journal or has appeared on the arXiv), a conference talk (at an official professional scientific meeting), an external blog post (by a professional scientist) or a news item (in the mainstream news media), which you think might make an interesting topic for an FQXi blog post, then please contact us at forums@fqxi.org with a link to the original source and a sentence about why you think that the work is worthy of discussion. Please note that we receive many such suggestions and while we endeavour to respond to them, we may not be able to reply to all suggestions.

Please also note that we do not accept unsolicited posts and we cannot review, or open new threads for, unsolicited articles or papers. Requests to review or post such materials will not be answered. If you have your own novel physics theory or model, which you would like to post for further discussion among then FQXi community, then please add them directly to the "Alternative Models of Reality" thread, or to the "Alternative Models of Cosmology" thread. Thank you.

Forum Home
Introduction
Terms of Use

Order posts by:
 chronological order
 most recent first

Posts by the blogger are highlighted in orange; posts by FQXi Members are highlighted in blue.

By using the FQXi Forum, you acknowledge reading and agree to abide by the Terms of Use

 RSS feed | RSS help
RECENT POSTS IN THIS TOPIC

Robert McEachern: on 9/20/21 at 16:41pm UTC, wrote "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in...

Steve Agnew: on 9/19/21 at 18:41pm UTC, wrote Mueller opens his essay with... "As the argument goes, there are truths...

Dr Narayan Bhadra: on 9/19/21 at 12:16pm UTC, wrote All the Honourable Scientists are cordially requested to feedback that we...

Dr Narayan Bhadra: on 9/19/21 at 12:06pm UTC, wrote Honourable Scientists are cordially requested to feedback my article...

Dr Narayan Bhadra: on 9/19/21 at 11:35am UTC, wrote An event occurred when consciousness as light passing through soft matters...

Steve Dufourny: on 7/29/21 at 10:40am UTC, wrote Hi Dr Bhadra, very interesting what you tell, regards

Dr Narayan Bhadra: on 7/29/21 at 7:17am UTC, wrote It is known to all that sometimes light seems to acting as wave and...

PRASAD DIVATE: on 8/11/20 at 15:23pm UTC, wrote Respected sir, I have suggestions for next essay topic 1: consciousness...


RECENT FORUM POSTS

Georgina Woodward: "Re. the electroscopes thought experiment. It should not according..." in The Present State of...

Lorraine Ford: "It is logically necessary that the physicist can discern difference in the..." in Consciousness and the...

S. David Coleman: "I want to say YES! It's not Time, it's Motion. A 3 dimensional cube is..." in The Nature of Time

Georgina Woodward: "" B) no moving electrons in wire. Charged particle at rest. There aren't..." in The Present State of...

olivier denis: """Olivier, all this is very interesting. We search answers about this..." in Global Collaboration

olivier denis: "about origin and information ..... The initial state is a kaotic state of..." in Reconstructing Physics

olivier denis: """I believe Olivier that all is a question of philosophy about the origin..." in Reconstructing Physics

Steve Dufourny: "Olivier, all this is very interesting. We search answers about this..." in Global Collaboration


RECENT ARTICLES
click titles to read articles

Good Vibrations
Microbead 'motor' exploits natural fluctuations for power.

Reconstructing Physics
New photon experiment gives new meta-framework, 'constructor theory,' a boost.

The Quantum Engineer: Q&A with Alexia Auffèves
Experiments seek to use quantum observations as fuel to power mini motors.

The Quantum Clock-Maker Investigating COVID-19, Causality, and the Trouble with AI
Sally Shrapnel, a quantum physicist and medical practitioner, on her experiments into cause-and-effect that could help us understand time’s arrow—and build better healthcare algorithms.

Connect the Quantum Dots for a New Kind of Fuel
'Artificial atoms' allow physicists to manipulate individual electrons—and could help to reduce energy wastage in electronic devices.


FQXi BLOGS
December 1, 2021

CATEGORY: Blog [back]
TOPIC: Undecidability, Uncomputability, and Unpredictability - Essay Contest Winners [refresh]
Bookmark and Share
Login or create account to post reply or comment.

FQXi Administrator David Sloan wrote on Jul. 29, 2020 @ 15:03 GMT
FQXi's essay contests are always set up as a challenge for our community to push back on the boundaries of our understanding. This year was no different, as we asked you to decide how something could be undecidable, compute what we would find uncomputable, and predict where we will find the unpredictable. As ever the response to the call was impressive. After a long period of analysis and deliberation our panel have returned their verdict:

Unable to separate the top two candidates, the panel elected to jointly award first place to Markus Mueller for "Undecidability and unpredictability: not limitations, but triumphs of science" , and Klaas Landsman for "Undecidability and indeterminism" . The panel were impressed by the deep philosophical implications of Landsman's work, and the clear logical writing displayed by Mueller.

Taking a second place prize is David Wolpert and David Kinney's "Noisy Deductive Reasoning: How Humans Construct Math, and How Math Constructs Universes" . The panel cited the discussion of the role of mathematicians as imperfect reasoners as novel and interesting.

Discretionary prizes were awarded to Rick Searle's "Computational Complexity as Anthropic Principle" with the panel noting the entertaining literary device of an imagined conversation between Laplace, Champollion and a mechanical Oracle, and to Jochen Szangolies's "Epistemic Horizons: This Sentence is 1/√2(|True> + |False>)" for a creative approach to the problem.

Thank you to our sponsors, The Fetzer Franklin Fund and The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation for making this happen. We also thank our anonymous judging panel for the hard work they put in, and congratulate our winners. And finally, thanks to everyone who entered the contest. We hope to see you again in the next contest soon!

For a full set of winners with third and fourth place please see the winners list

Bookmark and Share
this post has been edited by the forum administrator



Steve Dufourny wrote on Jul. 29, 2020 @ 19:24 GMT
Hi Mr Sloan, great to see these results, I beleive they are just, They were my favorites, My favorite was Flavio Del Santo personally, congrats to all the winners and long life to FQXi, you make a wonderful job, friendly

Bookmark and Share
report post as inappropriate


Jonathan J. Dickau wrote on Jul. 29, 2020 @ 20:16 GMT
Congratulations to all the winners!

I recall enjoying several of your essays. Some of my favorites were overlooked. I can't say I got to read all of the ones that turned up in the winner's circle, however.

Thanks to everyone who participated, for making it enjoyable. I really do enjoy the engaging debates. I'm not one of those folks who is just looking for appreciation, because I want to understand things on a deeper level.

So it is disappointing when some of the folks who end up winning choose not to engage with folks like myself. I think they would get something out of reading my essay, but many in these contests are very insular. That I don't like so much.

Best to All,

Jonathan.

Bookmark and Share
report post as inappropriate
Steve Dufourny replied on Jul. 30, 2020 @ 07:53 GMT
Hello Jonathan, hope you are well, I am understanding your words. I asked me if you could help me also in this project of global collaboration, the aim being to create concrete solutions adapted to our global system to optimise what we can improve. The aim is to convice this UN and make a win win for all. Hope you could put some ideas , I beleive strongly that it is important and that we must try to solve and FQXi and thinkers seems essential to reach this aim. take care, regards

Bookmark and Share
report post as inappropriate


James Lee Hoover wrote on Jul. 30, 2020 @ 17:58 GMT
Congratulations to the winners. I must confess that I didn't evaluate any of the winners. They have quite impressive credentials and from what I understood in the abstracts, challenging concepts. I most likely scanned several and with my meager math background went on. Like Jonathan, I have experienced evaluating winners in several past contests and most did not return the favor. Of course, some did. But under the circumstance, I value these contests and the opportunity to exchange ideas. I have learned a great deal from participants in the contest and hope to continue.

Bookmark and Share
report post as inappropriate


Michael Smith wrote on Jul. 30, 2020 @ 23:31 GMT
A big congrats to the winners and to everyone who participated! As a first timer submitting an article, I must say I was impressed by the diversity and originality of ideas submitted and the thought provoking topic selected by FQXi.

One suggestion I might offer for future contests is to add an "engagement" prize for one or more individuals who are especially responsive in replying to posts about their article and offering constructive feedback to other articles (but not necessarily rating their articles in return). This might help encourage healthy dialogue while discouraging the "I rated yours so you should rate mine" expectation.

Bookmark and Share
report post as inappropriate


Jason Mark Wolfe wrote on Aug. 1, 2020 @ 08:45 GMT
Wish I could decide the next essay topic! Topics I would suggest include:

- Quantum gravity

- Is there a theory better than string theory?

- What theory would best unify QM with GR?

- What is the connections between wave functions and gravitons?

- Are the gravitons the foundation carriers of the physics constants?

- Does a gravitational propulsion experiment exist?

- Are the Einstein equations a special case for gravity?

- Forget a theory of Everything, is there a theory that will lead to new technology?

Bookmark and Share
report post as inappropriate
Steve Dufourny replied on Aug. 2, 2020 @ 12:27 GMT
Hi Jason, lol Is there a theory better than string theory?, yes of course, the 3D quantum spheres but of course for this, the lobbies of strings , the universities and the strings theorists must less insist about the main origin of our physicality, they consider all that our geometries, topologies, matters come from fields , it is a fashion in fact because they had not an other theory, but these coded particles spherical turn, are in motions and oscillate ......

Bookmark and Share
report post as inappropriate

Steve Dufourny replied on Aug. 2, 2020 @ 12:29 GMT
An other paramter is this vanity , all we are persuaded and it is difficult to change a line of reasoning, imagine all these Phd and professors having worked so many years in the maths of strings, and me I arrive with my small coded quantum spheres, I am a problem in fact and I am conscious of this, the vanity and the money are against me lol

Bookmark and Share
report post as inappropriate

Steve Dufourny replied on Aug. 2, 2020 @ 12:30 GMT
instead to accelerate the process of evolution of discoveries, unfortunally this vanity decreases it , the competition is well but the points of equilibrium also like the complementarity ....

Bookmark and Share
report post as inappropriate


Georgina Woodward wrote on Aug. 2, 2020 @ 06:42 GMT
CONGRATULATIONS WINNERS!! : )

Bookmark and Share
report post as inappropriate


PRASAD RAMESH DIVATE wrote on Aug. 11, 2020 @ 15:23 GMT
Respected sir,

I have suggestions for next essay topic

1: consciousness and theory of everything

2:the physical and mathematical aspect of consciousness

Thanks,

Regards,

Prasad Divate

Bookmark and Share
report post as inappropriate


Dr Narayan Kumar Bhadra wrote on Jul. 29, 2021 @ 07:17 GMT
It is known to all that sometimes light seems to acting as wave and sometimes as like particle that means wave-particle duality. But in our present dissertation we considered that a kind of invisible light rays emerges by maintaining the wave-wave duality (firstly we imagined as an electromagnetic-like ocean may formed by the explained new energy sources beyond our Physical Universe and secondly the said ocean of new kind electromagnetic-like energy field force created after unfolding the Physical Universe) constructed by neutrino-like bosons as photon-like quanta from the new energy sources of SU(6), SU(12), SU(24),……etc. after unfolding the Physical Universe through successive symmetry breaking [considering as different layers of Universe] of the Generalized Gaussian Energy group (GGEG) as SU(11)  SU(6)  SU(5)  U(1); SU(23)  SU(12)  SU(11)  U(1); SU(47)  SU(24)  SU(23)  U(1);............so on. Therefore, there possible to created a new kind of electromagnetic ocean with discrete new energy wave functions within the folding Universe in another phase for the appearance of Fundamental Consciousness as well as we can imagine an ocean of electron with new kind of electromagnetic energies and new strong forces created after unfolding the Physical Universe through phase-like transitions of energies for the creation as Consciousness.

Cordially requested to read my all articles including "PHOTOELECTRIC EFFECTS: HUMAN MIND AND SENSE DATUM" and "How SU-Levels Are Imply Consciousness and Life".

Bookmark and Share
report post as inappropriate
Steve Dufourny replied on Jul. 29, 2021 @ 10:40 GMT
Hi Dr Bhadra, very interesting what you tell, regards

Bookmark and Share
report post as inappropriate

Dr Narayan Kumar Bhadra replied on Sep. 19, 2021 @ 11:35 GMT
An event occurred when consciousness as light passing through soft matters of bio atoms as lumps of matter or the whole body-system of human-like or dark matter in bio-cell like as spiral galaxy, then light as consciousness bended by quantum gravitational attraction through bio-cell or like by human mind-body system, we may call it mind-lensing. We assumed that gravitational force as well as...

view entire post


Bookmark and Share
report post as inappropriate


Dr Narayan Kumar Bhadra wrote on Sep. 19, 2021 @ 12:06 GMT
Honourable Scientists are cordially requested to feedback my article entitled “How “SU” Levels Are Imply For Life & Consciousness.”, the DOI number; doi.org/10.33140/ABBSR.03.02.06.

Bookmark and Share
report post as inappropriate


Dr Narayan Kumar Bhadra wrote on Sep. 19, 2021 @ 12:16 GMT
All the Honourable Scientists are cordially requested to feedback that we need a new science beyond the Standard Model of Physics otherwise a Revision of Standard Model of Physics and an extension of Einstein's GRT such as my article "Modern Theory of Generalised Relativity" for the betterment of our Planet for our Future.

http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.12412.44161

Bookmark and Share
report post as inappropriate


Steve Agnew wrote on Sep. 19, 2021 @ 18:41 GMT
Mueller opens his essay with...

"As the argument goes, there are truths that we can never uncover with our scientific methods, hence we should be humble and acknowledge a reality beyond our scientific grasp. Here, I argue that this view is wrong."

...and closes his essay with...

"Let me therefore conclude this essay with one further outmoded declaration of blind faith: We can know what there is to know."

So Mueller states that there are no truths beyond Science and then states that we can know what there is to know... and therefore we cannot know any truths beyond Science, like morality and ethics evidently.

This essay seems to simply restate three truths that we already know and therefore does not seem to have reveal any new knowledge about the nature of physical reality. We already know that there are limitations to Science and we already know there are plenty of truths to know beyond Science and we already know there are questions that have no answers...

Bookmark and Share
report post as inappropriate
Robert H McEachern replied on Sep. 20, 2021 @ 16:41 GMT
"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Shakespeare's Hamlet

The physics world needs to rethink their entire approach to understanding the nature of reality, though the acquisition of Information, to be in accord with Point #5

Rob McEachern

Bookmark and Share
this post has been edited by the author since its original submission

report post as inappropriate


Login or create account to post reply or comment.

Please enter your e-mail address:
Note: Joining the FQXi mailing list does not give you a login account or constitute membership in the organization.