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Edwin Klingman: on 3/12/11 at 20:55pm UTC, wrote Irvon, I enjoyed your essay and can add little to the above comments. Your...

Constantinos Ragazas: on 3/11/11 at 3:24am UTC, wrote Dear Irvon, Energy quanta are a think of the past! We need “A World...

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May 28, 2020

CATEGORY: Is Reality Digital or Analog? Essay Contest (2010-2011) [back]
TOPIC: Something Else of Course! by Irvon Eugene Clear [refresh]
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Author Irvon Eugene Clear wrote on Feb. 8, 2011 @ 12:45 GMT
Essay Abstract

A question establishes existence(digital). An answer creates an experience(analog). This essay attempts to demonstrate both.

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I am a nontraditional student, an MBA graduate, a professional electrical engineer, a University of Phoenix faculty member and a hospital facility manager. I have completed eight plays and published a novel: "The Game: Part One." I was nominated for Georgia Author of the Year in 2004. My novel is currently listed on 800 CEO Read.com as a recommended read to top CEO’s because it contains “great ideas.” Imagine…an erotic novel containing great ideas! My first play Court of Priests was performed as a staged reading by Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative in Cincinnati on 1/11/11.

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Peter Jackson wrote on Feb. 9, 2011 @ 00:43 GMT
Dear Irvon

A nice fresh and concise approach. I couldn't help getting a feeling about apriory knowledge and was reminded of the next step, leading to Einstein's comment that the answers are so much easier to find when you know what you're looking for.

I suppose we should also be asking what 'reality' really is - actually Georgina did, and well.

Best of Luck.

Peter

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Georgina Woodward replied on Feb. 13, 2011 @ 09:33 GMT
Thank you Peter.

Certainly what is meant by the term "reality" is a good starting point for answering "is reality digital or analogue/", imo. There is a wide range of opinion on the matter from the essays I have read. Some considering quantum quasi reality or non physical reality alone to be the "real" reality. Others accept space-time as complete reality without any questions regarding its completeness or the paradoxes it entails. Some consider reality to be some kind of virtual simulation others more of a dream experience or self generated illusion.

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Author Irvon Eugene Clear wrote on Feb. 9, 2011 @ 15:01 GMT
Thanks for your remarks Peter. Yes, I am comfortable with the claim that in order for the potential of existence for all possible objects, forces and relationships not a part of God to exist there must be knowledge of what those potential objects, forces and relationships actually are. My comfort comes from my assumption that the "potential" was actually created by an omniscient being...God. The objective that follows my assumption is discovering what was created in our sensory environment that then resulted in the existence of the actual potential for the existence of all possible objects, forces and relationships not a part of God to exist. What creates the evolving list of zeroes?

If we accept the idea that potential exists in our sensory environment then what measures its magnitude? What measures all of the potential in our universe? After this discovery the next objective will be to determine if the measurement of potential is the same thing as the creation of potential.

Again, thanks for you remarks.

Irvon

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Georgina Woodward wrote on Feb. 13, 2011 @ 10:04 GMT
Dear Irvon,

I wanted to let you know that I have read you essay. (Just thought I ought to reply to Peter as he had mentioned my essay.)Your essay was concise but did deal with the competition question in a unique and interesting way. It was a little surprising and puzzling but I also found some common ground.

I agree that the aspect of continuous change or transition is often overlooked. We do live in a world where things are categorized and counted and labeled. Your ones. Which emphasizes separateness and seems to give a digital identity to that world. The continuous changes and impermanence is somehow sidelined.(I found your reference to this as zeros a little odd but I think I grasped your meaning when you talked of the zeros always becoming ones.) Continuous transition becomes more apparent with the increasing speed of change as technology advances, fashion in all things seems ever more ephemeral and global warming and increasing environmental change is brought to our attention.

I agree that reality does seem to encompass both a digital and an analogue aspect.One might say matter( things) is digital but energy (change) is analogue. I found the concluding question a little strange but I will think about it.

Kind regards, Georgina.

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Author Irvon Eugene Clear replied on Feb. 15, 2011 @ 17:50 GMT
Georgina,

Thanks for your comments. I read your essay and I agree with Peter...you did an excellent job of addressing reality within the context of physics.

My interest in the term reality comes from a belief that a simple question (Does it exist?) is the fundamental statement that begins an explanation for the existence of everything. I am still "discovering" the universe with the consequences of answering that question.

Your essay has generated a lot of interest. Best of luck.

Irvon

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Paul Halpern wrote on Mar. 8, 2011 @ 22:42 GMT
Dear Irvon,

The questions you raise are intriguing. It is impressive that you have a background in engineering, yet have completed eight plays and a novel. Interesting that you draw connections between science and human experience!

Best wishes,

Paul

Paul Halpern, The Discreet Charm of the Discrete

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Anonymous replied on Mar. 9, 2011 @ 18:02 GMT
Paul,

I appreciate your comments. I have read your essay and I will respond to it with some questions on your site. My perspective is that the human form defines a common sensory ability to explore and understand the environment that contains it. This collective ability has evolved the human experience that has then evolved science. If the human form vanishes from the universe then the science that has evolved from it will also vanish. Not affecting the universe, just the ability to understand it in human terms.

Irvon

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Constantinos Ragazas wrote on Mar. 11, 2011 @ 03:24 GMT
Dear Irvon,

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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Edwin Eugene Klingman wrote on Mar. 12, 2011 @ 20:55 GMT
Irvon,

I enjoyed your essay and can add little to the above comments. Your use of zero and one to signify 'coming into existence' is interesting [if I've got it right.] And as Paul said, you do have a unique background you bring to bear.

Your Feb. 9, 2011 @ 15:01 GMT answer above to Peter describes your focus in this matter. I suggest that if you read my essay you consider it from the same perspective. In other words, I begin with the initial 'zero' becoming 'one' AND ONLY ONE! And from this potential evolve the world we live in today.

I hope you find a chance to read it and comment.

Best wishes,

Edwin Eugene Klingman

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