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I'm a post-doctoral researcher with a wide range of interests. My career is in complex systems science (or maybe cybernetics) and the origins of life, but I also have research interests in

  • the foundations of statistical mechanics and its relationship to information theory
  • Earth systems science
  • non-equilibrium thermodynamics in general

I'm also generally interested in the foundations of quantum mechanics and in black holes, though I wouldn't say I'm an expert on those things.

It's probably worth noting that despite the fact that my research is in physics-related areas, all my degrees are in other subjects. If I occasionally seem to start talking in an alien language, this is probably why.


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comment Can Black Holes Maintain Data Entropy When Formed By a Data Storage System?
@WetSavannaAnimalakaRodVance I would guess it's a matter of processing speed - if you're limited by the speed of light then you'd want your data storage to be as physically dense as possible.
Mar
23
awarded  Famous Question
Mar
23
comment Double slit experiment where the “particle” is a macroscopic capsule with people inside
This is an excellent question and not at all a trivial one. It is not at all a duplicate of the one linked above, and nor is it answered by that question's answers. (some people have cast close votes.)
Mar
23
comment Electricity should deform the conductor then why doesn't it?
The protons don't move, for exactly the reason you say - they are the nuclei of the atoms, so they can't. The electrons move from atom to atom, and this doesn't deform the conductor's shape because there are always new electrons coming in from the current source to replace the ones that have left.
Mar
23
comment Most True to Life Physics & Biology Simulation Engine?
It may not be quite what you're looking for, but there's a whole field called "physically based rendering" that tries to simulate the interaction between light and objects as accurately as possible. There are a couple of open-source renderers, called luxrender and mitsuba, plus some commercial offerings, though I haven't tried any of these myself.
Mar
21
comment Is purple in visible light?
(My above comment doesn't answer the question of course)
Mar
21
comment Is purple in visible light?
There is purple in a rainbow. The video commits the common fallacy of assuming that a rainbow and a pure spectrum are the same and then invents a cod-linguistic reason for why people say there is purple there. But if you look at an actual rainbow in the sky you will see the purple clearly. They are scattering phenomena and are more complex than the spectrum from a prism.
Mar
17
awarded  Notable Question
Mar
15
comment Reference about probability to study statistical mechanics
+1: This book takes a somewhat unusual approach to probability theory, but this is a good thing and the book cannot be recommended highly enough.
Mar
15
answered Auto spinning turbine generator
Mar
15
answered Help explore a self-feedback camera-monitor chaotic system
Mar
11
answered Chemical reaction A+B$\leftrightarrow$C. Equilibrium VS Non Equilibrium
Mar
11
comment Chemical reaction A+B$\leftrightarrow$C. Equilibrium VS Non Equilibrium
(but it is nevertheless also on topic here.)
Mar
8
comment Does ambient day/night temperature change have significant energy generation potential
Why are people voting to close this? It's a very straightforward question with a very straightforward answer that can be derived from basic thermodynamics. (The Carnot limit.)
Mar
5
comment Are there nonlinear models of quantum mechanics which forbid superluminal signaling?
It's very sad to see a decent question downvoted for using unfamiliar technical terms. Voters please note that the question is referring to quite specialised literature in foundations of quantum mechanics, and as far as I can tell is a perfectly sensible one.
Mar
5
comment Why is it hard to detect a black hole
@RobJeffries the question mentioned "enveloping matter", which I took to mean the remains of the star that birthed the hole, as described in my answer. Stuff falling into the hole after its formation is another matter - I've added a note to the answer to explain that this can indeed be detected.
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answered Why is it hard to detect a black hole
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