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A thought process: understanding infinite density (black hole) from a temporal stance using a hypothetical Ouroboros

A black hole does not have infinite density. The density of a black hole is inversely proportional to the square of the radius, so bigger black holes have less density: You really should look into ...
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A thought process: understanding infinite density (black hole) from a temporal stance using a hypothetical Ouroboros

Philosophy will furnish no useful insights on this topic. Physics will.
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Can the laws of physics and the constants of nature exist in a fundamental sense without mathematical realism?

As is the case with many questions on this and related topics, the real difficulty in making any progress is that the word 'exist' and phrases such as 'exist in a fundamental sense' are inherently ...
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Can the laws of physics and the constants of nature exist in a fundamental sense without mathematical realism?

Can the laws of physics and fundamental constants of nature exist without fundamental mathematical constants, operators, and equations also existing? Kinda depends on what in particular you mean by &...
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Is there a partly physical nature to infinitesimal limits that connects the utility of calculus with the quantized nature of small-scale physics?

Whether or not infinitesimals are to be found in "physical nature" was actually the subject of a dispute at the end of the 17th century, between Leibniz on the one hand and his disciples l'...
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Is there a partly physical nature to infinitesimal limits that connects the utility of calculus with the quantized nature of small-scale physics?

Is there some part of abstract infinitesimal limits that is physical enough to justify calculus being inherent to physical nature? It doesn't seem to be the case that 'classical' calculus/analysis is ...
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Is there a partly physical nature to infinitesimal limits that connects the utility of calculus with the quantized nature of small-scale physics?

Quantum mechanics discovered the importance of discrete physical quantities to formulate the laws of the microworld. This discovery did not diminuish the importance of calculus with its integrable, ...
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Why things don't happen all at once?

We don't know why. We have determined the speed of light through observations and experiments, but we don't know why the speed is what it is, or why the Universe is the way it is. The only part of ...
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Reference request for texts on causation

Causality and Scientific Explanation (1972) vol. Medieval and Early Classical Science Classical and Contemporary Science by the historian and philosopher of science and Galileo expert William A. ...
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Can Mathematics Fully Describe the Universe?

We still can't use mathematics to fully describe everyday things like beauty and morality. There are no accepted standardized units of measurements for either, despite both being around for all of ...
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Was there an influence of Schellings Naturphilosophie on Einstein?

The view that matter is the balance of forces was originally advanced by Kant in his 1786 Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science in the chapter devoted to Dynamics but, indeed, it was taken up by ...
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How can quantum field theory contribute to clarifying the ontological nature of objects, mereologically?

I am not sympathetic to mereological nihilism or universalism, since both, to me, appear empty wordplay with nothing helpful to say. Indeed, I recommend that mereology should be hyphenated. However, I ...
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How can quantum field theory contribute to clarifying the ontological nature of objects, mereologically?

CriglCragl is correct; you and I can live out our lives on earth with no knowledge or understanding of QFT at all and suffer no philosophical consequences whatever. QFT is important at time and energy ...
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How can quantum field theory contribute to clarifying the ontological nature of objects, mereologically?

Quantum field theory (QFT) is a good opportunity to rethink and check mereological viewpoints like “The part and the whole”. A basic insight from QFT states that the number of particles during an ...
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