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CATEGORY: What's Ultimately Possible in Physics? Essay Contest (2009) [back]
TOPIC: Synergy Physics - A Holistic View by Stephen A. Brenner [refresh]
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Author Stephen A. Brenner wrote on Sep. 22, 2009 @ 12:08 GMT
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Can physics eventually define very clearly what we mean by the terms Body, Mind and Soul? The author proposes that the foundation for such a discovery may exist at the core of what we already know about quantum physics. It's just a matter of putting all of the pieces together....

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Stephen Brenner is a computer programmer with a 40+ year fascination with quantum physics and ontology. Long separated from the academic community, he offers a unique perspective that is clearly thinking outside of the box.

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Narendra Nath wrote on Oct. 2, 2009 @ 07:28 GMT
Dear Steve,

i have just had a first glimpse of reading your original essay that combines your way of spirituality/humanity with your own understanding of science of Physics. I admire your courage and boldness. When one has ideas that are unique to one's personal experiences, scientists often consider such persons as outcasts. However, if any one out of them happen to get some recognition in a professional way, all of them jump on the bandwagon and turn into admirers all of a sudden! My request to you is simply remain true to yourself and enjoy the lonely moments to the fullest. My Internet site ia available with FQXI forum and you are free to continue the dialogue along your lines with me. Mine is the first posting on your essay in this forum too. Never mind, nothing has given rise to everything !

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Stephen Brenner wrote on Oct. 3, 2009 @ 14:58 GMT
Hi Narendra,

Thanks for your kind words. It's been a long journey with this theory and I can only hope that at some point a few people can relate to it. Due to it's interdisciplinary nature, it does feel a bit out of context within this essay contest. I do strongly believe though that at some point, physics will become more all encompassing and foundational to our lives.


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Alfred Tang wrote on Oct. 12, 2009 @ 08:33 GMT
Hi Stephen,

Your paper assumes a trichotomous view of human nature as in body, mind and soul. Sometimes it is also referred to as body, mind and spirit. Historically there is also a dichotomous view involving only body and soul. Philosophers often refer to the mind-body dualism. How important is the trichotomous view of human nature to your idea?


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Author Stephen A. Brenner wrote on Oct. 12, 2009 @ 13:50 GMT
Hi Alfred,

The tripartite view is essential to the Synergy Physics theory which is pretty much defined by the relationships between 4 primary elements (field, space, pole, and energy). There are 6 relationships (sides of a tetrahedron) that break down into 3 dualisms (each governed by a physics constant) that seem to coincide with our notion of body, mind & soul. It is the physics constants (the constant that controls the forces between objects at varying distances, the speed of light, and planck's constant) that are at the core of the tripartite nature. It's actually a deeper structure than those constants; e.g. planck's constant applies to the gravitomagnetic realm, while the Bohr magneton applies to the electromagnetic realm. The only difference between those two constants is the charge to mass ratio of the electron. That tells me that these constants are really just two sides of the same coin sort to speak and that they both represent something more universal.

I think it's interesting to note that while there seems to be a tripartite structure to nature, each of the three parts is expressed as a dualism. Body is divided by Order vs. Chaos (or Synergy vs. Entropy). Mind is divided by Particle vs. Wave. Soul is divided by Atom vs. Light.

Now there may be more dimensions of time/space, and I wouldn't venture to say that they too would be defined by a tripartite nature.


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