Yesterday a neighbor asked me, “Oh, you’re a physicist? So what do you do?”
I hemmed and hawed and gave her a really half-assed answer that didn’t reflect the meaning or magnitude of what I’m doing. So despite the risk of being a shameless self-promoter, let me clearly and confidently answer a few questions.
Who am I?
· A philosopher of physics and mind. This is my most recent identity, starting in 2018 when I began pursuing, full-time, answers to the hardest unsolved problems in physics and philosophy.
· A rocket scientist. I invented the Rotating Spindle Pump™, a rocket engine liquid propellant pump that is lighter and less expensive than traditional turbopumps. It was recognized as a Modern Marvel of The History Channel Invent NowTM Challenge. I am the sole inventor on ten U.S. patents covering RSP and other rocket engines and pumps.
· An inventor. I am the sole inventor on an additional seven U.S. patents on a variety of technologies including software, information compression, and consumer products.
· A teacher. I taught high school physics (including AP physics) as well as mathematics at several colleges, including the University of Georgia.
· An eternal student. I am currently taking graduate physics courses at East Carolina University, the 10th university I’ve attended. Others include UF (B.S.), MIT (S.M.), Georgetown (J.D.), Princeton, NYU, Shenandoah U, Universidad de Guadalajara, USF, and UAH.
· A nuclear engineer. I received my undergraduate and master’s degrees in nuclear engineering.
· A world traveler. When my wife and I returned from our travels this past summer, I had traveled to my 101st country.
What am I currently doing?
· Pondering and solving hard problems about consciousness and the physical universe
What problems have I solved?
· Does the brain cause consciousness?
· If the brain produces conscious identity, can the brain be copied?
· Can conscious states be copied?
· Is mind uploading possible?
· Will artificial intelligence (AI) ever be conscious?
· Is the physical world reversible? Is it deterministic?
· Does consciousness cause collapse of the quantum wave function?
· Do quantum waves always evolve linearly (i.e., unitarily and reversibly)?
· Is the above assumption (“U” or “universality”) a valid inference?
· What does conscious identity imply about the Many Worlds Interpretation (MWI) of quantum mechanics?
· The measurement problem
· Did the Afshar experiment demonstrate a paradox in wave-particle duality?
· What is the role of gravity in decohering quantum superpositions?
· Is time travel possible?
· What scientific evidence is there for the existence of God?
· Does infinity exist?
What problems am I working on?
· Is there an afterlife?
· Are conscious states history dependent?
· Are there more possible conscious states than can be produced by the brain?
· Do we have free will?
· Information creation: Is Planck’s constant (ℏ) actually decreasing? If quantum uncertainty is decreasing with time, what does that tell us about the past? Can we extrapolate backward in time to the Big Bang?
· Are thoughts private?
· Why is it always now?
· What causes the arrow of time?
What I have already accomplished is significant and important, whether or not anyone else recognizes or validates the results. I am excited to have the time, energy, and mental capacity to continue working on these fascinating, difficult, and very meaningful problems.