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Dynamic Nature: a Better Basis for Physics?

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According to Rosen, complex systems have no largest model, casting doubt on the idea that there exists a single equation describing all of reality. Wheeler proposed instead that there are no fixed laws of nature, but rather laws created by the activity of intelligent observers. In the lecture I will expand on this proposal, using a combination of existing approaches in biology to characterise in some detail a new ‘dynamic nature’ paradigm. Here Wheeler’s hypothesised ‘observer-participancy’ has a ‘design’ aspect, accounting for well-known aspects of nature in new ways.

This talk is part of the Mind-matter Unification Project (TCM Group, Cavendish Laboratory) series.

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