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Why the Universe is Fractal (by Chris King): Life exists in the universe because the laws of nature arising from cosmic symmetry-breaking are intrinsically fractal and embrace chaotic dynamics in a manner that permits new structure to emerge on increasing scales, as we move from the level of fundamental particles to organisms. In a fundamental sense this is a cosmological property of the universe, because complex living systems represent the most complete interactive consummation of the four fundamental forces of nature. If the laws of nature permitted only ordered periodic or stochastic solutions to molecular aggregation, as in crystals, or amorphous glasses, the complex structures of tissues and life would remain impossible.

Exploring Quantum, Classical and Semi-classical Chaos in the Stadium Billiard (by Chris King): This paper explores quantum and classical chaos in the stadium billiard using Matlab simulations to investigate the behavior of wave functions in the stadium and the corresponding classical orbits believed to underlie wave function scarring. The simulations use three complementary methods. The quantum wave functions are modeled using a cellular automaton (CA) simulating a Hamiltonian wave function with discrete (square pixel) boundary conditions approaching the stadium in the classical limit. The classical orbits are computed by solving the reflection equations at the classical boundary thus giving direct insights into the wave functions and eigenstates of the quantum stadium. Finally a simplified semi-classical algorithm is developed to show the comparison between this and the quantum wave function method.

Oct 1 '12 · Tags: fractal universe, quantum chaos
The Esoteric Thesis: Unspeakable Things & Unknowable Truths (by Paul Wildman): This article explores aspects of the conventional research thesis and identifies one approach - the ‘esoteric thesis’- for explicating inner meaning of the outward ‘research quest’. Often, when researchers are completing their external world oriented - ‘exoteric thesis’ - based on research, literature review and so forth, little time or attention is directed to their inner world. Such a huge investment of life energy, often over a period of years, has the potential to offer substantial insights for the researcher and intriguingly may even elucidate what, in the first instance, created interest in the research question itself. An inward-focused ‘esoteric’ process of inquiry creates the opportunity for identifying patterns in the researcher’s past professional activities that may help explicate the ‘exoteric’ task at hand. This article argues the importance of an inner journey that spirals with the conventional outward-looking research quest and in doing so offers an approach that respects and accommodates both.

The Weak Force as Manifestation of Anima Mundi: An Exploration (by Iona Miller): In quantum physics, there is no unambiguous description of consciousness and its role in the continuous creation and sustaining of matter. If it plays a fundamental role in existence we must look for it at the very root of all evolutionary processes in the fundamental forces of our universe which lead to the conditions that facilitate life as a potentially universal process. One such candidate for nature's fine-tuning system is the weak force, whose descriptors echo the traits of the pre-scientific and alchemical notion of the Anima Mundi, or World Soul, an embodiment of intrinsic vital connections among all life. The Jungian and archetypal worldview still recognizes such a living force within, attributing its life-sustaining energies to soul and the depth-dimension of our imaginal and perceptual experience. An enriching non-literal interpretation of such phenomenology may still be more than metaphorical. The weak force, only needs to be a tiny fraction of one of the myriad feedback loops to be the deciding difference due to the delicately balanced state that potentiates and fosters universal life, potentially originating in space (Hoyle, Wickramasinghe). In this sense, Anima mundi as manifested in weak force makes the Sun shine, creates water, and the "Goldilocks" zone of human habitation. Further, is the observed strength of the weak force vital for the emergence of observers? Emergence is a possible order arising from chaos. Weak emergence describes new properties arising in systems as a result of the interactions at an elemental level. In weak emergence, the emergent property is reducible to its individual constituents. This is opposed to strong emergence, in which the emergent property is irreducible to its individual constituents. Causing systems to differentiate, weak emergence is the root of higher-order complexity, coalescing novel, coherent structures. Agents residing on one scale start producing behavior nested one scale above them, potentially including self-reflection. Humans become self-conscious and track their own evolution. Heeding the "inner voice" of the Anima mundi, can applied emergence help us work with the dynamics of emergent complexity to realize our intentions as life-serving outcomes?

The Key to Happiness in Existence (by Steven E. Kaufman): Having come to understand recently the nature of the relation that creates what the Individual apprehends as emotional experience, I share here my view on the secret of happiness. In essence, happiness is a song that each Individual composes and plays for him/herself. And when you are trying to get someone else or the world to be your dancing monkey, playing your song in an effort to force others and the world around you into an arrangement that you think will reflexively evoke within you a wanted emotion, then you are not playing the song of happiness. And if you are not playing the song of happiness then you are playing its opposite, because for Existence, which is what we all are, there is no third option.

Ancient Wisdom in Modern Age: An Archaic Renaissance (by Iona Miller, Paul Wildman): Today we do our best to live in a world going mad as if we need to give ourselves some sort of psychic vaccination, so we can inoculate ourselves from this madness. This vaccination may be an archetypal journey through our contemplation which will necessitate a shamanic tincture and a delving into the darkness and light of our own depths. It is only by going through and making the darkness conscious and conscious darkness that we arrive at the light. In this article we seek to expand on techniques I and V in Table 1 in Miller and Wildman (2012:493) published in this journal. Technique I is "Doing Immersion (exoteric thesis) – practical involvement in mundane life"; and Technique V is "Re-entry of life ‘creactive' synthesis." In the end, we suggest a ‘bridge of boats’ approach that will allow anyone to position themselves where they are comfortable and such that they can make a practical contribution. http://scigod.com/index.php/sgj/article/view/202

The Higgs Boson and the Power of Consistency (by Philip E. Gibbs): The momentous discovery of the Higgs boson announced on July 4, 2012 by CERN brought tremendous excitements both in the physics communities and general public. As the dust settles, we can start to ask some questions. In this Higgs essay, we discuss the central element of the story which is often forgotten in the noise of celebration and the outlook of research in particle physics.

Is It Really Higgs? (by Matti Pitkanen): The discovery of a new spinless particle at LHC has dominated the discussions in physics blogs during last weeks. Quite many bloggers identify without hesitation the new particle as the long sought for Higgs although some aspects of data do not encourage the interpretation as standard model Higgs or possibly its SUSY variant. Maybe the reason is that it is rather imagine any other interpretation. In this article the TGD based interpretation as a pion-like state of scaled up variant of hadron physics is discussed explaining also why Higgs is not needed and why it cannot even perform the tasks posed for it in TGD framework. Essentially one assumption, the separate conservation of quark and lepton numbers realized in terms of 8-D chiral invariance, excludes Higgs like states as also standard N 1 SUSY. This identification could explain the failure to find the decays to $\tau$ pairs and also the excess of two-gamma decays. The decays gauge boson pairs would be caused by the coupling of pion-like state to instanton density for electro-weak gauge fields. Also a connection with the dark matter researches reporting signal at 130 GeV and possibly also at 110 GeV suggests itself: maybe also these signals also correspond to pion-like states.

Vita Principalis: Road to Single Mathematical Particle (by Dainis Zeps): Three weeks after announcement of discovery of Higgs particle at LHC we discuss this discovery from the point of view presented previously in (1) in the form of predictions, and from what we had argued before in (2-5). We argue that behind Standard Model there might be another level of discernible reality which we call reference of life (4). We show how we can connect it with the vision in the general sense and vita principalis and how it could be connected with what we discover as mathematics (3). We argue that mathematics is a form of creatio ex nihilo but only in its weak form where the proper agent is the vision or vita principalis.

Sep 29 '12 · Tags: higgs boson, to be or not to be
Scientific Genesis in the Making: Higgs Discovery & the Shadow of God Particle (by Huping Hu, Maoxin Wu): This issue of Scientific God Journal celebrates the discovery of Higgs Boson (or Higgs-like particle). Congratulations to CERN, Fermilab, people at LHC, people at Tevatron and all the theoretical and experimental physicists who made this discovery possible over the last 50 years! In the meantime, let us all contemplate what this discovery means and what it has to do with scientific studies of God and be cautious about the new discovery since there are still unsettling issues. After introductions of articles in this issue, we shall focus our attentions on some of the phobic, allergic or even hostile but important issues related to the new discovery. The topics covered includes: Antidote to 20th Century phobia; “higgson” as the name of the new particle; quantum gravity & table top experiments; higgson as the shadow of universal consciousness; and the 2012 phenomena & Dawn of a Brave New World. This Editorial ends with a “mathematical” poem entitled “The Real ‘God Particle’ Please Stand Up."

Live Higgs Report on July 4, 2012 & Congratulations - It's a Boson (by Philip E. Gibbs): This is a live Higgs report from the webcast of CERN Announcement on July 4, 2012 plus viXra unofficial Higgs combinations and my analysis after the announcement. As expected, CERN has happily announced the arrival of a new Boson. The facts are that the boson discovered with a mass of about 125 GeV or 126 GeV interacts with a wide range of particles in exactly the way the Higgs boson should. Its decay modes to Z, W, b and tau have just the right ratios and its production has also been tested in different ways confirming indirectly that its coupling to the top quark is also about right. Its spin could be 0 or 2 but 0 is much more likely. All these features point to the standard model Higgs boson. The only fly in the ointment is its decay rate to two photons. This is nearly twice as large as expected. The significance of the discrepancy with the standard model is about 2.5 sigma.

Remote Mental Interactions: A Review of Theoretical Modeling of Psychophysical Anomalies: This article presents a review of theoretical modeling of psychophysical anomalies. It originates from my involvement with the Journal of Non-Locality and Remote Mental Interactions (JNLRMI) which was founded by Lian Sidorov in the wake of research institutions of previous decades, such as SRI, IONS, PEARS, and MRU. JNLRMI began as an attempt to bridge widely scattered evidence and ideas on the frontline of mind-matter research (energetics, remote mind-mind and mind-matter interactions). JNLRMI was a challenging and exhilarating journey, sustained by multidisciplinary readership interest in the subject.

Part 1 of this article contains Introduction; Make Me Want to Psi; Open Sesame; From Trance to Creativity; Psi Deeply; Hypnosis & SP; Dream of Telepathy and Beyond; and Cyber Psi Training.

Part 2 of this article contains Biophysics of Psi; Shaving with Occam's Razor; Editor's Note in JNLRMI 2(1) by Lian Sidorov; Editor's Note in JNLRMI 2(2) by Lian Sidorov; The Mind in Time: A Round Table Discussion on Causality, Physics and Parapsychology moderated by Lian Sidorov; and Memes, Societies and the Functional Architecture of the Collective Unconscious by Lian Sidorov.

Part 3 of this article contains a round-table discussion on memory, information and the limits of identity entitled “Who and where is the Self?” moderated by JNLRMI Editor, Lian Sidorov, and participated by Roger Nelson, Stanley Krippner, Jim Tucker, Mark Germine, Chris King, Matti Pitkanen and Gerry Zeitlin. Such discussions help researchers re-contextualize what has come before, determine where we “are” in deciphering the minscape, and where we are going by suggesting pertinent open-ended questions.

Part 4 of this article contains the continuation of the round-table discussion on memory, information and the limits of identity entitled “Who and where is the Self?” started in Part 3. This overview is an attempt to create a Big Picture view on the state of the art from which further experimental routes can be deduced. The round-table was moderated by JNLRMI Editor, Lian Sidorov, with respondents Roger Nelson, Stanley Krippner, Jim Tucker, Mark Germine, Chris King, Matti Pitkanen and Gerry Zeitlin.

Entheogens, the Conscious Brain and Existential Reality: The purpose of this article is to provide a ‘state of the art’ research overview of what is currently known about how entheogens, including the classic psychedelics, affect the brain and transform conscious experience through their altered serotonin receptor dynamics, and to explore their implications for understanding the conscious brain and its relationship to existential reality, and their potential utility in our cultural maturation and understanding of the place of sentient life in the universe.

Part 1 contains the following sections: 1. Cultural and Historical Introduction; 2. The enigma of Subjective Consciousness; and 3. Fathoming the Mind-Brain Relationship and Experiential Modalities.

Part 2 contains the following sections: 4. Doors of Perception: Classic Psychedelics and Serotonin Receptor Agonists; 5. Doors of Dissociation: Ketamine and the NMDA Receptor Antagonists; 6. Salvinorin-A and κ-Opioid Dissociatives; and 7. Cannabinoids.

Part 3 contains the following sections: 8.Entactogens; 9.Doors of Delirium: Scopolamine and Muscarinic Acetyl-choline Antagonists; 10. Safety Considerations of Psychedelic Use; and 11. An Across-the-Spectrum Case Study.

Part 4 contains the following sections: 12.Why the Neurotransmitters: Cosmology and Evolution; 13.Conclusion; and 14.References.

Two-Fluid Cosmological Models in Bianchi Type-V Space-Time in Higher Dimensions (by Vijay Gulabrao Mete, V. M. Umarkar, A. M. Pund): Anisotropic, homogeneous two-fluid cosmological models using Bianchi type-V space-time have been presented. In the two-fluid models, one fluid represents the matter content of the universe and another fluid is chosen to model the CMB radiation. The radiation and matter content of the universe are in interactive phase. The behaviour of fluid parameters and kinematical parameters are also discussed.

Dynamics of Bianchi Type-III Universe with Magnetized Anisotropic Dark Energy (by Shivdas D Katore, A. Y. Shaikh, N. K. Sarkate, G. B. Tayade): Bianchi type -III cosmological model in the presence of magnetized anisotropic dark energy is investigated. The energy-momentum tensor consists of anisotropic fluid with anisotropic EoS p = ωρ and a uniform magnetic field of energy density ρB.We obtain exact solutions to the field equations using the condition that expansion is proportional to the shear scalar . The physical behavior of the model is discussed with and without magnetic field. We conclude that universe model as well as anisotropic fluid does not approach isotropy through the evolution of the universe.

Higgs [Status in Feb.] 2012 (by Philip E. Gibbs): 2011 lived up to all expectations and hopes for news about the Higgs Boson, but 2012 promises to be it’s crunch year and the excitement is about to begin.

Superluminal Particle Sequences (by Paul A. Kannapell): Some particles may appear to accelerate to faster than light speeds according to the particle sequence alternative to discontinuous motion.

Sep 24 '12 · Tags: 2012, higgs status, cosmological models
Conformally Compactified Minkowski Space: Myths and Facts (by Arkadiusz Jadczyk): Maxwell's equations are invariant not only under the Lorentz group but also under the conformal group. Irving E. Segal has shown that while the Galilei group is a limiting case of the Poincare group, and the Poincare group comes from a contraction of the conformal group, the conformal group ends the road, it is rigid. There are thus compelling mathematical and physical reasons for promoting the conformal group to the role of the fundamental symmetry of space-time, more important than the Poincare group that formed the group-theoretical basis of special and general theories of relativity. While the action of the conformal group on Minkowski space is singular, it naturally extends to a nonsingular action on the compactified Minkowski space, often referred to in the literature as “Minkowski space plus light-cone at infinity". Unfortunately in some textbooks the true structure of the compactified Minkowski space is sometimes misrepresented, including false proofs and statements that are simply wrong.

In this paper we present in, a simple way, two different constructions of the compactified Minkowski space, both stemming from the original idea of Roger Penrose, but putting stress on the mathematically subtle points and relating the constructions to the Clifford algebra tools. In particular the little-known antilinear Hodge star operator is introduced in order to connect real and complex structures of the algebra. A possible relation to Waldyr Rodrigues' idea of gravity as a plastic deformation of Minkowski's vacuum is also indicated.

Considerations: Classical and Quantum (by B. G. Sidharth): In this paper we consider certain Classical, Semi Classical and Quantum situations with interesting consequences. Starting with Entanglement we go on to deviations from Special Relativity, leading to the possibility of super luminal neutrinos, if they exist escaping from Black Holes. We also consider extra energy that is generated due to Quantum effects, the decay of fast moving Bosons, as for example in the case of Kaons, and finally the magnetism generated by non commutative effects.

The Quaternionic Particle Mass (by Lukasz A. Glinka, Andrew W. Beckwith): In this article we derive the formula for a particle mass arising from the quaternionic particle physics model recently offered by Hans van Leunen.

Ultraholism: The Field of Infinite Meaning (by Iona Miller): We have seen back in time to the infancy of our Cosmos. As we press against the boundaries of Existence, we find our paradigm of holism expanding from local to global to galactic to cosmic -- into a Universal Ultraholism that connects not only all existence in this universe, but perhaps includes others currently beyond conception, much less perception. But they are inferred in intuition and some models of scientific reality. Even though "explanations" fail as paradigms until widely embraced, ultraholism may provide insight into an even more sophisticated physics. Such a radical worldview is gaining scientific currency though a unified theory remains elusive. Ultraholism may be the latest buzzword for the Holy Grail. Broader models of ultraholism are emerging in life sciences and physics. It is now commonly accepted that the seed of life transcends our planet, and the seeds of being may transcend our universe. Consciousness may be the sole informing element.

Zero Sum Game: Pre-Physical-Existence & Psychophysical Reality (by Iona Miller): The whole of physics is predicated on the primacy of Nothing, multidimensional opposites space. The premise is metasymmetry, a self-consistent and unassuming notion which yields only zero-sum statements. Therefore, a theory of everything (TOE) also defines a theory of nothing (TON). What does pre-physical-existence mean in a largely material physics tuned to the meta-physics of the intangible? To be an accurate description of reality, a theory of everything must necessarily include consciousness. The turn-over of matter in the body means there is no single, stable structure over time -- just a duration of consciousness, pure disembodied information.

Consciousness is mediated by the entire cortex, so no single gestalt contains the entire envelope of experience. The turn-over of matter in the body means there is no single, stable structure over time--just a duration of consciousness, virtually disembodied information or vacuum energy. Physical matter is actually is nothing but energy and equivalent to light, which resides outside of space and time, therefore, matter = energy = stabilized light. Light and consciousness are virtually interchangeable. Universe is comprised consciousness which manifests itself in infinite physical and nonphysical forms and fields. Experience, as well as its interpretations, may be encoded in a field, but a computed model of the natural world and the natural world are not the same thing.

Sep 22 '12 · Tags: ultraholism, zero sum game
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