Celebrating 10 Years of Foundational Questions in Physics and Cosmology!
FQXi’s most popular online content from the past decade

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FQXi launched in May 2006 to catalyze and support research on the foundations of physics and cosmology. To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we're showcasing our top 10 most popular articles, videos, podcasts, essays and the 10 hottest discussion topics at the frontiers of physics, for the past decade. Thank you to the FQXi community, including our contributors, funders and visitors to our site.

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"Is the Multiverse Real?"

Max Tegmark

"Neural Relativity"

David Eagleman

"String Theory v Loop Quantum Gravity"

Carlo Rovelli and Raphael Bousso

"Does Time Exist?"

Julian Barbour and Tim Maudlin

"Boltzmann Brains and Eternal Inflation"

Sean Carroll

"Complexity: Living Systems from Cells to Cities"

Geoffrey West

"Is Consciousness a State of Matter?"

Max Tegmark

"What is Time?"

David Eagleman, Paul Davies, Tim Maudlin, Raissa D'Souza and moderator Jennifer Ouellette.

"What is Consciousness?"

Christof Koch and Giulio Tononi


Hot Topics from Forums and Blogs

Alternative Models of Reality
Zeeya Merali

If you have an unconventional, alternative model of reality, then this is the place to discuss it. (This is for contributors who have preliminary ideas and would like feedback, but do not have an academic paper or arXiv preprint and have not given a conference talk based on their ideas.) Edited on 31 August to add: Thanks to Peter and John for commenting on my recent Nature article: "The Origins of Time and Space," which surveys some of the recent ideas on reality, and could serve as inspiration for this thread. :-)

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New scientific paradigm "God is in us" [Galileo]

"The sky [Cosmos] ... contains the cause of its movement ..." [Aristotle]


Does this Hypothesis correctly solve Quantum Mechanic's central Wave-Particle Duality problem?


Author: Mikko Ilmari Laukkanen

This hypothesis provides a simple elegant mechanical solution to the central mystery of Quantum Mechanics - that of wave-particle duality - and thereby helps resolve the other mysteries of QM as well.

The Simplest Answer is Usually Correct - Occam's Razor


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