Laws of Just Cause

Abstract We review various philosophical perspectives on the development of the physical sciences' notion of a Natural Law and its sometimes unclear ontological relation to objects of mathematics. Following Smolin, we consider the implications of these laws rather than being Canonically delivered and immutable, being instead enacted by way of precedent, as the Universe evolves … Continue reading Laws of Just Cause

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A Yarn of Twisting threads

The Big, the Fast and the Complex all need to arise from a "Genie theory" that amongst (a few) other things will be able to fully describe Black Hole dynamics. Below we see the Genie theory of Fundamental Physics, as a yarn spun from either of: a string Witten and Green's String theory, if nota knot … Continue reading A Yarn of Twisting threads

Elements of Subjective Formalism

Logical Positivism (LP) stems from Hume and Mach who distinguished between the constructs of the theoretical and the observational. LP delineates science into statements of facts and definitions (or conventions) having also roots in Kant's form-content distinction: that natural knowledge comprises two elements, the conceptual mind-dependent form and an experiential content. Whereas Kant though emphasised … Continue reading Elements of Subjective Formalism

What is a Physical Theory?

What are the referents, those [fickle] kind of things that a fundamental physical theory are about? Mario Bunge, American philosophical quarterly, Monograph 3 1969 Newton's Second law $latex {\bf F}_i=m_i{\bf a}$ can be read as an inertial equation where the effect of a (verb) force on a test body is to (verb) accelerate it in proportion … Continue reading What is a Physical Theory?

The Constitution of Phenomenal Equations

(A disorientating story of hot rods, bent rays and dodgy oscillators.) The object of geometry is the study of a particular group; but the general concept of group pre-exists in our minds [] imposed on us not as a form of our sensitiveness, but as a form of our understanding; only from among all possible … Continue reading The Constitution of Phenomenal Equations

Gravito-electromagnetic form fields at Penrose’s CCC endgame.

A Chiral Einstein-Maxwell-Scalar Lagrangian comprising charges scalar fields that are naturally described as complex valued weighted-spinor densities is constructed. Gauge fixing, Ward Identities and Integrability of the gauge potential is discussed by making contact with the Lanczos potential and Bel-Robinson Entropy super tensor for these extended gauge field theories.

Between Platonic Solids and Democritus Hard Places

The would-be Rational Idealists fifty years on continue to seek validation from the Empiricist scientists. It is not enough that String theorists play in Plato's shadow world for its own sake, they need to see their particular representations actually played out by Nature. Of late, Materialism has ceded to Idealism as the guiding principle to … Continue reading Between Platonic Solids and Democritus Hard Places

Chirality is Helicity when our under-handed universe ends massless.

Energy,  has the two attributes of Quantity and Quality (entropy). Heat is useless high entropy energy while Work is low entropy high quality energy. The paradox of the Second Law of Thermodynamics' arrow of time  is that the inevitable course of the Universe is from one full of working energy to one consisting of useless Heat: as … Continue reading Chirality is Helicity when our under-handed universe ends massless.