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by PoeticUniverse
Sun Aug 21, 2016 11:42 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: On the Nature of Free Will
Replies: 19
Views: 2800

Re: On the Nature of Free Will

There is probably more factoring into my choice to not get the gummy candy than I want (or am capable of) articulating right now. All of this stuff -- my urges, feelings in my body, background thoughts, and my knowledge and thinking capabilities -- is there prior to my choice, and all of it factors...
by PoeticUniverse
Sun Aug 21, 2016 11:10 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The Absolute Impossibility of Nothingness - ever
Replies: 461
Views: 41136

Re: The Absolute Impossibility of Nothingness - ever

Conclusion : The impossibility of Nothing suggests that: The eternal existence of an ever fluctuating base energy could be the simple, non composite continuous function that is the eternal basis of All forthcoming. Even after a universe forms via a Bang, inflation, and such, the fluctuating base en...
by PoeticUniverse
Mon Aug 15, 2016 9:01 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The Absolute Impossibility of Nothingness - ever
Replies: 461
Views: 41136

Re: The Absolute Impossibility of Nothingness - ever

Infinite Extent Impossible: While we have admitted the Eternal, which is about duration, it is more difficult to admit the infinite, which is about extent, for how could an infinite extent be extant all at once, for the infinite can never be capped. Both our universe and any greater Cosmos (Univers...
by PoeticUniverse
Sat Aug 13, 2016 11:48 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The Absolute Impossibility of Nothingness - ever
Replies: 461
Views: 41136

Re: The Absolute Impossibility of Nothingness - ever

Terrapin Station wrote:One big problem I see early in your argument is that you're apparently equating nothingness and something with multiple spatial points.
How come?
by PoeticUniverse
Sat Aug 13, 2016 8:07 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The Absolute Impossibility of Nothingness - ever
Replies: 461
Views: 41136

Re: The Absolute Impossibility of Nothingness - ever

Complexity and Composites Are Ever From the Simpler and Simpler Basis: It would not do to have the Eternal Basis to be a composite or complex system that which is First and Fundamental, for the parts would ever have to be more-so toward fundamental, and so the Eternal Basis needs be a simple, conti...
by PoeticUniverse
Sat Aug 13, 2016 7:56 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The Absolute Impossibility of Nothingness - ever
Replies: 461
Views: 41136

Re: The Absolute Impossibility of Nothingness - ever

I am the one who hosts Leo’s theory on my blog. I’ve been off the grid for awhile in the cracked mud desert and other places in my camper and so only now do I note that Leo has passed away. He had many great ideas. The Implications of No ‘Nothing’: In this thread, we/I might as well move onto, first...
by PoeticUniverse
Sat Mar 12, 2016 11:58 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is There Progress in Philosophy?
Replies: 104
Views: 11443

Re: Is There Progress in Philosophy?

Smolin's way to creep forward: The ideas we have discussed in this book generate a new direction for research in quantum foundations framed by the following hypotheses: 1. Quantum mechanics is a theory of subsystems of the universe. As it is framed within the Newtonian paradigm it cannot be extended...
by PoeticUniverse
Wed Mar 09, 2016 7:03 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is There Progress in Philosophy?
Replies: 104
Views: 11443

Re: Is There Progress in Philosophy?

Smolin - Novel results when no precedents due to uniqueness when no copies: In the real ensemble interpretation proposed in [73] I give one possible answer: it is the ensemble of atoms existing at that time (in the preferred global time) in the universe with the same constituents and preparation, so...
by PoeticUniverse
Wed Mar 09, 2016 3:55 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is There Progress in Philosophy?
Replies: 104
Views: 11443

Re: Is There Progress in Philosophy?

More from Smolin (seems like he needs help for some items, such as fluctuations and persistence of causes): …there are no gravitational waves initially, so all gravitational waves that are detected can be assumed to have been radiated by matter sources. …no electromagnetic radiation has ever been ob...
by PoeticUniverse
Wed Mar 09, 2016 12:52 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is There Progress in Philosophy?
Replies: 104
Views: 11443

Re: Is There Progress in Philosophy?

Their take on uniqueness: On cosmological scales the universe is unique and laws evolve; so the Newtonian paradigm breaks down. On fundamental scales events are also unique; so the Newtonian paradigm breaks down here also. Events are distinguished by their relational properties and thus must be fund...
by PoeticUniverse
Tue Mar 08, 2016 6:30 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is There Progress in Philosophy?
Replies: 104
Views: 11443

Re: Is There Progress in Philosophy?

Their take on the misuse of math and more in general: The willingness to see mathematics, with its core focus on number and on space, as a vehicle of privileged access to fundamental and hidden truths about nature only reinforced the anti-temporal bias. What we find in mathematics is a peerless body...
by PoeticUniverse
Tue Mar 08, 2016 6:23 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is There Progress in Philosophy?
Replies: 104
Views: 11443

Re: Is There Progress in Philosophy?

Smolin's and Unger's general thrust, similar to Leo's: It is the causal connections, not the laws of nature, that are primitive and fundamental, though also time-bound, diverse, and mutable. …structure results from history. Historical explanation is, thus, more fundamental than structural explanatio...
by PoeticUniverse
Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:32 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is There Progress in Philosophy?
Replies: 104
Views: 11443

Re: Is There Progress in Philosophy?

Finally, something useful: Smolin: …intermediate-scale physics must be statistical, because similarity arises from neglect of information. It is interesting to wonder whether this might be the origin of quantum uncertainty. That is, the hidden variables needed to complete quantum theory, if we are t...
by PoeticUniverse
Sun Mar 06, 2016 6:44 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is There Progress in Philosophy?
Replies: 104
Views: 11443

Re: Is There Progress in Philosophy?

cladking wrote:The universe is poetic in two dimensions and dances in three. :wink:
Omar's poetic dance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZ0tcK8V6gE

And mine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-fjsLlJufM
by PoeticUniverse
Sat Mar 05, 2016 8:46 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is There Progress in Philosophy?
Replies: 104
Views: 11443

Re: Is There Progress in Philosophy?

Frankly I have to believe that everything originates in time which is somehow the basic building block of reality. The truth of time is the only truth needed for the unification of physics because time and gravity are simply two different ways of expressing the same thing. Time is a metric for spec...