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February 18, 2020

CATEGORY: Is Reality Digital or Analog? Essay Contest (2010-2011) [back]
TOPIC: Lenny, Me, and Entropy by Ken Matusow [refresh]
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Author Ken Matusow wrote on Feb. 15, 2011 @ 10:24 GMT
Essay Abstract

A simple general system is defined that has exactly three properties: the system is non-continuous, non-deterministic, and has a well-defined, consistent metric. It is asserted that many of the basic concepts, principles, and equations of quantum mechanics and classical mechanics, including those of special and general relativity, are derivable, and indeed are unavoidably emergent from first principles given these three properties, and these three properties only.

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Ken Matusow has an MS in General Systems Theory from the State University of New York at Binghamton. In addition to his unaffiliated research in foundational physics and systems theory Ken is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and writer.

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Anonymous wrote on Feb. 26, 2011 @ 09:24 GMT
Ken

A quite interesting essay.

If I understand well your axiomatic system describes the behavior of a "particle" and it's movement in a manner that makes me recall the game of life.

I should study it deeper to make further comments.

But I though I should drop a comment.

As a professional I also am a computer and IT related entrepreneur who has gone back to study physics. For me this is a hubby, if this essay of you is result of your hubby, I guess you've gone a long way with this axiomatic system.

I've been following professor Susskin physics courses via web, essentially because I don't live in the area. I live in Mexico city, but I did live an study at Berkeley and Fremont some many years ago. Currently my company represents SGI in Mexico, so I travel there often.

Please read my essay and drop a comment if you can. In the mean time I will continue studing your essay.

Regards

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Juan Enrique Ramos Beraud wrote on Feb. 26, 2011 @ 09:26 GMT
The last post is mine, I did send it anonymous as a mistake.

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Ken Matusow replied on Mar. 5, 2011 @ 08:42 GMT
Juan,

Thank you for your interest in my essay. As you noted there is a similarity between the model in the essay and cellular automata. However there is also an enormous difference, notably cellular automata models physical systems as a completely deterministic process whereas the model described in the essay models physical processes as a completely non-determinstic process. In certain cellular automata entirely deterministic rules can mimic pseudo-random events. In the model I presented stochastic processes can be shown to mimic deterministic events. In essence they are both very similar and very different.

Ken

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Paul Halpern wrote on Mar. 8, 2011 @ 22:21 GMT
Dear Ken,

I am impressed by the scope of your paper and your effort to reproduce quantum mechanics through the random walk problem and stochastic dynamics. Your axiomatic approach is admirable.

Best wishes,

Paul

Paul Halpern, The Discreet Charm of the Discrete

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Anonymous replied on Mar. 16, 2011 @ 06:02 GMT
Paul,

Thanks for the kind words. The paper published here is a greatly simplified version of a more technical paper. If you are interested seeing any of these more technical versions, please let me know and I can send them to you.

Good luck with the contest,

Ken

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