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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Ted Erikson, The Thinking Swimmer

Ted Erikson, an International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductee, has always been active in research, swimming, and teaching.

Now semi-retired and still in deep thought and still swimming, he is presenting tomorrow at the Illinois Science Education Conference in Tinley Park, Illinois on a weighty topic.

His focus is on the thinking, action, and feeling that makes up most lives.

His presentation will address the actions of work, heat, power, and lifetime for ants and elephants that are analogically related to photons and electrons to show similarities through Planck's constant of "action" and the Heisenberg principle. According to Ted, growth/decay as a resonance condition suggest roles for gravity and photon-electron interactions. He will explore panpsychism is through a "staedic" thermodynamic analysis of personal swimming.

Panpsychism is an ancient philosophy implying that all things are aware and exhibit a hierarchy of consciousness. Ted explains, "Science avoids definition and measurement of such a “murky” subject (i.e. feelings), yet it seems basic to observed actions of all things, living or non-living. Swimming is a physical activity, prompted by sustained and intrinsic "feelings", that propel a body through liquid having quality (sprints) or quantity (marathons) at "staedic" rates under varied conditions." Ted delves into the source that impels, maintains, and seeks motion. "The central theme is my marathon swim career as an "action" that causes two reactions; the logic of thought (the “how”) and the intuition of past feelings (the "why").

Life is a strange game that compromises freedom and security with uncertainty. To thermodynamically distinguish living from nonliving matter becomes complex, yet common to both is a “staedic state “ in a permanent or temporal existence. One goal here is to use memory as a link to seek the role, if any, of “panpsychism” for all things.

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