Towards a TOE – Explaining Quantum Physics, Consciousness and Free Will

November 13th, 2015

For more than a century, physics has been confronting the demon of indeterminacy in the quantum structure of the universe in the search for a Theory of Everything (TOE). Theoretical physicists have struggled for a century to close the gap – unsuccessfully.   The esteemed Sir Roger Penrose (age 84) has a different idea that may move us closer to a TOE, but in an unexpected way: his theory also explains the mechanism of consciousness and free will. By implication, it forces each of us (and every quantum state) to make a choice. (more…)

The Puzzle of Entropy in Physics and Intelligence

May 9th, 2013

Entropy, the measurement of disorder in a physical system, is one of the most profound puzzles in physics.  The Second Law of Thermodynamics, formulated in the 19th century, states that entropy always increases as physical systems naturally progress from order to disorder.  However, modern physics has never been able to explain why the universe has this directionality.  While we intuitively understand the “arrow of time,” it is absent in the formulations of classical and quantum physics.  In recent decades, the concept of entropy and its related mathematics has also found applications in information theory.  A recent study has linked entropy with the emergence of intelligence.  Why is there such an unusual connection? (more…)

Explaining the Puzzles of Physics

May 9th, 2012

Explaining the Puzzles of Physics – a response to Michael Shermer (Scientific American, May 2012, p.86)

The field of Physics has been confounded for nearly a century with intractable puzzles.  It is also rife with contention between religious and atheist points of view, with both sides claiming proofs, or more precisely, un-proofs, for their points of view.   A recent example is Michael Shermer’s “Skeptic” column in the May 2012 Scientific American, titled “Much Ado about Nothing”.  Mr. Shermer borrows his title from Shakespeare’s romantic farce, a remarkably apt context for his article, but he is apparently oblivious to the irony. (more…)