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2020 Consciousness in the Physical World
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2019 Intelligence in the Physical World
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2019 Information as Fuel
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2018 Agency in the Physical World
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2016 Physics of the Observer
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2015 The Physics of What Happens
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2013 Physics of Information
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2010 The Nature of Time
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2008 Foundational Questions in Physics and Cosmology
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2006 Foundational Questions in Physics and Cosmology
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Kelvin McQueen
Chapman University

Marcus Müller
IQOQI Vienna, Austrian Academy of Sciences



Project Title

Mathematical models of idealism and dualism: an adversarial collaboration

Project Summary

Science has enriched our lives with ever-improving technologies. But we would also like science to answer our deepest questions about the universe and our place in it. Questions such as: Why are we conscious? What other things are conscious? Do we have free will? Are we purely physical? What is the nature of physical reality? Despite its successes, science has remained mostly silent about these questions. While many scientists claim to have answers, there is extraordinarily little agreement. The issue deserves a fresh approach. The two investigators in this project, Markus P. Müller and Kelvin J. McQueen, have individually tried to answer these questions within two quite different and unconventional scientific theories. The project will have these two theories collide head-on. The investigators propose an adversarial collaboration. Just as we hope that a trial with both prosecutor and defense will give the jury a balanced view of the evidence for or against a subject, we hope an adversarial collaboration will give a balanced view of how well these theories can answer fundamental questions. In addition, the investigators will build on their common ground (especially their common use of information theory) to find new insights into the nature of reality.



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