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As @Geremia pointed out, finding axioms for the mathematical portion of physics has certainly been proposed, and undoubtedly attempts have been made. However: Even if such axioms could be found, sufficient to cover all known phenomenae, and amenable as a basis for the mathematical portion of physics, there would still be the entirely separate issue of ...


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Yes, axioms do exist. Underlying the processes of science are several philosophical assumptions--aka 'axioms' or 'first principles.' They are necessary for making any and all inferences from scientific data, and really, even for the application and method of science itself. We take them for granted--like most philosophy--and don't think about them much. They ...


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One slightly "aside" point is that this question is misnamed. The question is not "are we brains in a vat" - in effect we are .. whether the vat is our body hooked up interpreting and creating our perception of the universe via the meagre senses we possess, or we are hooked up to a computer. The question should be "is the universe as we perceive it a reality,...


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Information, information that exists in the neural processes, is probably the physical quantity that correlates perfectly with consciousness. Consciousness is a very complex and dynamic entity: you’re conscious of many things that have a lot of complicated, fine details and that always change and change rapidly (in milliseconds), such as the consciousness ...


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The quote you link to (here's a link for those in the US since google books links are sometimes country-specific) doesn't seem to be basing this on any other writings of Hawkings besides the one they quote on p. 121, rather they seem to be inferring that Hawking thought the laws of physics were needed to protect the laws of logic based on his argument about ...


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Most of the problems are caused by a lack of clarity about the difference between 'something' and 'nothing'. Many commentators on this problem are naive realists trying to protect their position. The 'Nothing' of the mystics is the only one that makes any sense to me. At any rate, the idea that physics can solve metaphysical problems is absurd. What ...


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It is not totally clear what the question is (perhaps edit), but I take it to be whether there are other candidate physical correlates of consciousness. An obvious candidate would be behavioral correlates of consciousness, such as people talking about how amazing it is that there are qualia. In the Scott Aaronson talk you link to above, slide 13 mentions ...


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Within Kuhn's philosophy of science, a paradigm is an exemplar of good work that others in the field copy. In essence, it works like this: Someone does a some specific analytical work on a problem in a given field. Other people working on the same or similar problems look at #1 and think: "Wow, that was impressive and successful. We should all do work like ...


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Newton's Principia was a (maybe the most successful one) paradigm in modern science, exactly because it established "physics' rigor" for centuries. See Thomas Kuhn's Concept of a Paradigm : In normal science the key theories, instruments, values and metaphysical assumptions that comprise the disciplinary matrix are kept fixed, permitting the cumulative ...


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