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The Holographic Principle

by Donald D. Hoffman The most famous case study in science, prior to Freud, was published in 1728 in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society by the English surgeon William Cheselden, who attended Newton in…

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The ‘Big’ Questions in Physics Today

At its heart theoretical physics deals with Big Questions, from black holes to quantum mechanics to the Big Bang. In a recent article on NPR, Marcelo Gleiser, a professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College,…

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Now: The Physics of Time

Credit: agsandrew | Shutterstock You are reading the word “now” right now. But what does that mean? What makes the ephemeral moment “now” so special? Its enigmatic character has bedeviled philosophers, priests, and modern-day physicists from…

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Margaret Wertheim: The Changing Concept of the Self

One question that has been at the heart of both science and culture for centuries is what is the nature of the self. Over the years, we have come up with many answers to this question,…

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How do you teach Schrödinger’s equation to a 15 year old?

Some 15-year olds can learn the Schrödinger equation from a textbook. But if the 15-year old is not mathematically sophisticated, you can’t expect to give them a full understanding of the Schrödinger equation in 15 minutes,…

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The Unpredictable Dance of Interconnectedness!

What if we have no free will? What if we are just systems that move from one state to another in a predictable fashion? Using a tank of ping pong balls, David demonstrates why we don’t…

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Mind Body Quantum Mechanics, Stuart Alan Kauffman

Neurobiologists believe the mind brain system is and must be classical physics. For many, at some complexity, consciousness arises. This could be correct but faces what I will call the Stalemate: Such a mind can at…

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The Other Syntax: A Universe Without Beginning

“Did the universe really begin?” asks Carlos Castaneda in The Active Side of Infinity. “Is the theory of the big bang true?” For many physicists, the answer is undoubtedly yes. The Big Bang holds a central…

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