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Physics is the natural science that involves the study of matter and its motion through space and time, along with related concepts such as energy and force. More broadly, it is the general analysis of nature, conducted in order to understand how the universe behaves.

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Can the laws of physics rule out disembodied minds?

In this article, philosopher Evan Fales argues that the laws of physics establish that disembodied minds (such as an immaterial God, for example) could not influence the physical world. Is it true? (...
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Is philosophy useful in physics?

Is philosophy useful in physics? How can philosophy help physics?
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What is the most probable AI?

then I have a difficult question to ask. Let's imagine that in the distant future of our universe, through the arrangement of atoms that move in empty space, various objects are formed, any object can ...
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We know Classical Mechanics is wrong. But can we also say every other theory is wrong except the Theory of Everything?

Classical Mechanics (CM) or Quantum Mechanics (QM) is technically wrong. That doesn't mean they are irrelevant or have less significance, but they are wrong regardless of how accurate they are. Can we ...
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Unique-ness in the languages of Math and Physics?

Background So here's something I was pondering about: A teacher asks a student: "what is 3+1?" The student replies "3+1" It's not that the student's reply is wrong. But it's not an ...
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On the connection between science and reality

My question is basically targetting various sciences that we use to understnad the real world and how we form laws in them. For example, in physics, we first see sometthing in the real world. Let it ...
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A terrifying variant of Boltzmann's brain

I am new to this forum even though I have read a lot on the subject of boltzmann's brains and have come to a terrifying conclusion, the classic argument which for example Sean Carroll used, "The ...
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Why does the universe need an origin?

Buddhism sees the universe as uncreated, eternal. Even if the big bang were true, it could just be part an endless cycle of expansion and contraction. I'm looking for an argument against the universe ...
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Does the equivalence principle hint at the quantization of gravity? [closed]

So I've been pondering about the equivalence principle: "Einstein came to realise the principle of equivalence, and it states that an accelerated system is (locally) completely physically ...
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What is meant by a more "general" theory?

It is often said that special relativity is more general than Newtonian mechanics. Is there any precise meaning of what is meant by more "general"? I would consider a theory A more general ...
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What is the physical interpretation of a Godel sentence?

If I think of the laws of physics as a system of axioms then what is the physical interpretation of a Godel sentence? I'm trying to wrap my head around what Godel's theorem means for physics? More ...
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In the EPR paradox, what was Einstein's argument against God playing dice?

Imagine an experiment as used in formulating the EPR paradox. Say we entangle two electrons and separate them by a great distance. If we measure the z-component of spin, on one of them, sz1, we know ...
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Would gravity be noticeable without physical charge? [closed]

I answered a question on the physics site about the difference between the classical notion of gravitational force and the notion in general relativity. I answered that the force used in the Newtonian ...
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The problem of Motion

I recently heard that motion, the observation that things move, or rather change, was considered a real philosophical problem. What is the status of that question? Can someone e point me to an essay ...
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Why is the word "illusion" used regarding free will, given our physics theories?

In the study into free will, I've heard many people use the word "illusion" to describe free will. I think their reasoning is that since all matter behaves according to the rules of physics, ...
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What is the philosopher's take on information and thermodynamic entropy?

So there are various interpretations of probability. Frequentism is the likelihood of events of say for example if I roll a dice the likelihood of of getting a 5 is 1/6 if repeated over and over. ...
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What is the difference between Humeans and primitivist approaches in relation to the laws of nature?

The Great Divide in metaphysical debates about laws of nature is between Humeans who think that laws merely describe the distribution of matter and non-Humeans (primitivists) who think that laws ...
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How would Focault's Archaelogy of Sciences view Physics which just attempts to describe physical reality and not turn humans into subjects?

His work i believe is great with Biology and Psychiatry etc. since it elucidates how humans are turned into subjects, but how does he reject grand theories derived from Physics which simply describes ...
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What is a "world" according to Sir. Roger Penrose?

In Symposium: the Road to Reality (22.01.2019), part II - Sir Roger Penrose a few diagrams are presented that include a "Physical World", a "Mental World", and a "Platonic/...
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Can universe be known? [closed]

Since intelligent life is known one of its aspirations seems to be understanding of the world. Currently physics provides a pretty good explanation of the universe. There are areas that are not ...
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How do non-theist idealists account for laws of physics?

Berkeley has a god that forces regularity of sensations/perception on all other minds. So a super-mind is the source of the laws of physics. I assume it's the same with any theistic idealism. But I ...
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To what extent is mathematics a tool to grasp the world beyond human intuition?

To what extent are mathematical formalisms an extension of intuitive reasoning to grasp the world such as in the fields of Quantum Physics and Relativity? My first thought is that when intuitive ...
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The shape and extension of the fundamental particles

You could say that particles are just 0-dimensional points. But point particles are just an idealization. If particles are taken to exist physically, and anything which has physical existence has ...
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Examples of physicists who are platonists?

Max Tegmark is perhaps the best example, with his idea which basically proposes that every mathematically possible universe exists. Are there any other examples of physicists with a similar line of ...
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Does Shape Dynamics use Space relationalism?

(Already posted this on Physics Stack Exchange, hope it's okay) On Wikipedia it says Shape dynamics is an implementation of Space relationalism however I don't see how this can be true. In general ...
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Kant vs Scientific Rationalism - Do we need the Ding an Sich

I actually like Kant's distinction between noumena and phenomena. But I have a nagging doubt. If we look at modern physics, appearances can be explained by entities such as atoms, electrons and quarks ...
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Does a decrease in entropy require intent?

Physics tells us that universally entropy is always increasing. However, it is possible for entropy to decrease locally at the expense of a bigger increase elsewhere. Can this happen spontaneously or ...
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What is left of physics if the mathematics is removed?

My question is in the title. It seems to me that (theoretical) physics studies mathematical models of the physical world, and constantly revises them. But isn't studying mathematical models ...
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Since spacetime can bend and form waves, does this mean it must be made of sub-units of matter? How can something bend if it does not have sub-units?

I posted this question in Physics StackExchange, but it was closed because it was considered "non-mainstream physics", not sure why. Here's the description I wrote for it: My question is ...
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How do multiple time dimensions appear to allow the breaking or re-ordering of cause-and-efect in the flow of any one dimension of time?

Multiple time dimensions appear to allow the breaking or re-ordering of cause-and-effect in the flow of any one dimension of time. This and conceptual difficulties with multiple physical time ...
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Explanatory model that accounts for universality

Hempel's DN (Deductive-Nomological) model is a kind of explanatory model, that accounts for explanation of certain type of questions. Basically If I look for explanation for the laws of motion of a ...
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Opposing Wolfgang and the species

I've read some summaries of Smith's thinking, which I haven't yet adhered to, here The aim of philosophy is the good life or the best regime, the aim of theology is knowledge of God, and that of ...
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Is there any theory that states that the universe is moving?

Is there any theory that states that the universe is moving? By that, I mean the universe is moving relative to a point in a different space containing the universe. By analogy, the universe would ...
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Infinity mirror?

Not sure if this should be in the physics section or here in philosophy. I think the topic may fit in both domains. What has lead me to inquire about this particular effect is the description of it as ...
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Is a physical process identical to an algorithm computing it?

I have read three questions about algorithms and their relation to the human brain. Two recent ones: Question on Godel's Remark on Algorithmic Nature of Mind and: Why doesn't Searle's ...
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Can we see the sciences as an art?

I always feel some kind of fulfillment when I succed in giving Natural processes an explanation in the light of physics. It's kind of comforting to make invisible causes visible and understandable. ...
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What do some philophers call the thing that breathes fire to the equation of Physics? [closed]

Stephen Hawking famously said that we don't know what breathes fire to the equations of Physics, have philosophers tried to identify what that might be and what are the things they found called? I am ...
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Metaphysics beyond quantum physics

Is there a metaphysics that seeks to explain what might exist beyond quantum physics? Beyond what we can know about quantum physics? What are the laws of reality beyond those we were able to find ...
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References for books/papers about emergentism and reductionism

I am trying to look for resources to deepen some topics presented in this workshop Moving Naturalism Forward. Especially the point on emergence (and secondarily on evolution and determinism, but here ...
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Intuitive reasoning on the nature of time

I claim that the measurement of time is the measurement of change if the following holds: Our universe is (or can be represented as) a simulation, namely a set of data operated on by an algorithm. ...
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If something moves at an infinite speed how long does it take to traverse infinity?

If the answer is infinite time, then is there something greater than infinity such that something can traverse infinity in 0 seconds or less than 1 second?
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What are the alleged reasons for emergence?

What are the alleged reasons for emergence? What explains emergence, what are the philosophical explanations for emergence? Does it indicate that there's gap in our knowledge, does it indicate that it'...
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What's the "opposite" of emergence?

What do you call the phenomena that occurs when smaller entities are observed to have properties the wider whole do not have, properties or behaviors which emerge only when only the constituents are ...
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What do you call the fact that you can't derive all the laws of other sciences from the law of physics?

What do you call the fact that you can't derive all the laws of other sciences from the law of physics? Is there a word or a term or something else that explains why this is the case? I would be ...
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Can the Universe make sense at all?

Considering that nearly everything that exists cannot be even imagined by humans (or would it be reasonable to assume the contrary?), what is the chance of finding a scientifically coherent ...
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What is a quantum particle like before it is measured?

I have been trying to ask about this over on the Physics Stack Exchange, but they aren't really interested in questions that are this speculative. Does anyone here have any ideas about what quantum ...
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Do we have to be in a frame of reference for our calculations about them to hold for us?

In Einsteinian relativity, reference frames are used to specify the relationship between a moving observer and the phenomenon or phenomena under observation. In this context, the phrase often becomes &...
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Are There Any Hegelian Approaches to Modern Physics?

In his section on Force and the "inverted world" in "Phenomenology of Spirit," Hegel provides a dialectical account of Newtonian physics and gravity that I find very interesting, ...
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Did the past occur or is it occurring relatively, and will the future occur or is it occurring relatively?

Did the day I was born occur already, or is it occurring relatively to me in the past? Will the day I die occur or is it occurring relatively to me in the future? I know that some physicists are ...
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What documented justification is there for using physics to describe the nature of reality?

One of the earmarks of empirical/materialistic research and documentation is its insistence on rejecting and dismissing any subject matter that it deems irrelevant. This has always appeared to me just ...
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