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May 28, 2020

CATEGORY: Is Reality Digital or Analog? Essay Contest (2010-2011) [back]
TOPIC: A Digital Portal Into Our Understanding Of The Universe by Joseph Markell [refresh]
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Author joseph markell wrote on Feb. 8, 2011 @ 12:43 GMT
Essay Abstract

In this essay I describe a digitally conceivable universe made up of infinitesimal registers that may facilitate further study and explanation of the co-existence of multiple entities and time. The registers may lead to testing, recognition, and discovery of how energies, matter and life could occupy the exact same space as a living human, unaware of this connection. To understand how this co-existence could take place involves first describing one unique register in a digital form. Second, using that digital form to perceive the possible ways that such co-existence could be comprehended. Third, I attempt through extrapolation of analog means and peculiar random events to provide the reader a personal connection possibly based upon their own experiences and environments to give a believable consideration that such a digitally described view of the cosmos may exist.

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Drafted into the U.S. Military by lottery in the late nineteen-sixties I ran the gamut of career experiences from farming to engineering technician and anywhere in-between. I am a husband, father of six, grandfather of fourteen. My thinking patterns involve analogies and I've used one of my hobbies, writing, as an outlet. Some of my short stories have been published in the Glia society journal.

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Georgina Woodward wrote on Feb. 9, 2011 @ 05:38 GMT
Dear Joseph,

I found you essay surprising but also interesting and easy to read to the end because it was so intriguing and different.I do not want to give a prolonged criticism. Though you didn't answer the essay question, you wrote something thought provoking and original nonetheless.I hope I can get the picture of your giant magnetic hand, stirring things up, out of my mind! Thank you for sharing your ideas with us. Best wishes, Georgina.

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Author joseph markell replied on Feb. 10, 2011 @ 21:11 GMT
Gergina,

Thank-you for your kind comments. I especially am grateful for your first sentence, and, that the, "magnetic hand" was stuck in your mind. After numerous iterations, I thought this final form of my essay was the most lucid and readable.

It seems difficult to me, to give a definitive answer about the Universe, without asking more questions about it... and questioning things sometimes lead us to answers.

Thanks

joe

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Steve Dufourny replied on Feb. 11, 2011 @ 15:16 GMT
Hi to both of you,

Indeed it's original,intriguing.

Best and good luck.

Steve

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Author joseph markell replied on Feb. 12, 2011 @ 01:47 GMT
Hello Steve,

Thank-you for your positive comments and wish of good luck.

joe

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Peter Jackson wrote on Feb. 14, 2011 @ 19:09 GMT
Dear Joseph

A refreshing read, and I agree there's a lot more going on in nature than conventional wisdom tries to insist, and many better ways of viewing the universe. I believe we'll continue to find our past lack of intelligence embarrassing.

I still particularly agree with the puzzle solving, or 'pattern matching' approach, which I've followed rigorously in my own essay. With an open mind that itself can lead to the extraordinary.

I wish you luck

Peter

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Author joseph markell replied on Feb. 15, 2011 @ 02:49 GMT
Dear Peter:

Thank-you for your opinions and review of my essay. We seemingly do share some similar thoughts or approaches, and I really enjoyed your essay.

I tried to write my essay as short and readable as possible. I feel the concepts described in my essay may act as a "tool" for spatially conceptualizing processes that others, hopefully may find helpful.

Thanks,

joe

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Constantinos Ragazas wrote on Mar. 11, 2011 @ 03:54 GMT
dear joseph markell ,

energy quanta are a think of the past! we need “A World Without Quanta”! and you can make that critical difference to help bring it about. cast your approval for a world that makes sense and bring this essay out of the cusp of 'being or not being'! the results are deeply significant and totally iconoclastic. but we need to bring this essay to the 'church' on time! you among others will be better for it!

all the best,

constantinos

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Paul Halpern wrote on Mar. 13, 2011 @ 19:04 GMT
Dear Joe,

I thought that your description of a goldfish unaware of the forces that guide it offered a creative image. It reminded me in a way of Plato's cave allegory, in which those confined to a cave could see only shadows of the larger world outside.

Best wishes,

Paul

Paul Halpern, The Discreet Charm of the Discrete

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Author joseph markell replied on Mar. 15, 2011 @ 14:54 GMT
Dear Paul:

Thanks for commenting, I really appreciate it. On the same line of thinking, "...there are more things on heaven and earth Horatio, that are dreamt up in your philosophy."

Thank God that someone long ago got tired of carrying things on their back or dragging behind them on two sticks and deviated from the pack... Ah Ha... the WHEEL!

Best of luck,

joe

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Paul Halpern replied on Mar. 15, 2011 @ 15:12 GMT
Dear Joe,

Great quote! Yes, it took someone innovative for the invention of the wheel. I wonder what the community's reaction was at the time.

Best wishes,

Paul

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