September 2005 Conference On The Present Status of Quantum Mechanics at Mali Losinj


       

The second phase of our journey began on the 6th of September: the trip to Mali Losinj. I should warn the reader however, that my enthusiasm for making photographs had been seriously compromised by the fact that I was in extreme pain from a swollen cervical disc. For the next few days, Ark took most of the photos and I spent most of the time in the hotel room taking pain medication and using ice to reduce the swelling.

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Mali Losinj is located in Kvarner bay towards the Otrantska gate. All important ship routes pass either by the island or near it. The island has a rich naval history. Mali Losinj is located between 44 23' and 14 33' E. It's total surface area is 74,68 sq. km, making it the 11th largest island among the Croatian Adriatic islands.

The location and climate of Mali Losinj are the result of prehistoric glaciers that melted and flooded the surrounding area. This created an archipelago that is in the most beautiful sailing waters in the world. Humans inhabited the area before the glaciers melted and remains of Neolithic life have been found in nearby caves.

According to local historians, the Illyrians and Liburnians originally inhabited the area, but the Greeks came, bringing with them their mythology. The Greek stories tell us that Jason, having stolen the golden fleece and princess Medea, reached the location of the present-day Osor and were greeted there by prince Apsyrtus, the son of Aetes and brother of Medea. This, it is said, is how the islands came to be called the Apsyrtides. According to the Greek myths brought to this area, Odysseus also came to Losinj on his way back from Troy. It is said that he had a close encounter with the Cyclops near Osorscice. He was then captured by Polyphemus who imprisoned him in the Vela cave.

After the Greeks, the Romans came and conquered the islands. The people of Osor (the earlier name of the island) experienced a golden age under the Roman rule. It is believed that the population reached as high as 25,000 at this time.

During Roman times, the emperor Octavian brought the fleet headed by Marcus Agrippa to Losinj Bay. Attila the Hun is said to have attempted to conquer the island but was stopped at the walls of Lubenica. After this, the Slavs and the Avars migrated from Asia and the rule was transferred from the West to the Eastern Roman Empire in Byzantium. The Croatian tribe arrived in the seventh century and the Saracens conquered Osor in 841 and burned it to the ground.

In 1000 A.D., Venice was the leading power in the Adriatic and from this point on, except for short periods when the Croatian and Hungaro-Croatian kings ruled over them, the islands were under the rule of the Venetians until 1797. In the thirteenth century, Mongols forced the Croatian population to flee and in 1280, Osor allowed permanent residency for twelve families headed by Obrad Harnovic. They landed in the area called Velo selo which was to become Veli Losinj. During the Venetian rule, the settlement developed into a prosperous merchant and marine center.

The rule over the Adriatic islands was juggled between the French and the Austrians from 1797 (Napoleon) to 1815. Austria prevailed and the islands belonged to them for the next 100 years. During this time, marine navigation, ship building, shipping trade and finally tourism supported life on these barren islands. There was much political moving about and finally, in 1990, the independent Republic of Croatia was born.

If you look at the larger image of the map above, you will see that I have highlighted the route we traveled in yellow. Driving along the coast of the Istra peninsula was a fabulous experience. I think it is an easy rival to the French and Italian Riviera. I only wish I had not been in so much pain because I very much wanted to stop and take photographs. As it is, the photos start when Ark was finally able to take charge of the camera as we were waiting for the ferry at Brestova. The sun was blazing in the sky and that adds a peculiar tint to the photographs. My own efforts were restricted to what I could photograph from the car as we were driving.

For an interesting discussion of Life on Mali Losinj, go HERE.


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On the way to Mali Losinj
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A ferry boat arrives.
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The cars begin to emerge.
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We made it: the LAST car!
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The wheelhouse.
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Other travelers relaxing on the upper deck.
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We approach the island.
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Me trying to decide whether I like the front or back of the ferry best.
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We passed another ferry on its way to the mainland. We have traveled very fast. The coast is receding.
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Ark enjoying a cold drink.
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As I said, our car was the last one.
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Getting closer to the island.
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The mainland is now very far away.
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We must drive to the very end of the island of Cres.
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Rocks everywhere.
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In some places, the road is very narrow with a sheer drop to the rocks and sea below. This was one of them.
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More rocks.
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More rocks and a bit of graffiti.
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A view of the sea from the top of the mountain.
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The road less traveled.
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Rocks to the left, rocks to the right, and a rock wall climbing the mountain.
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Moonscape?
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A church steeple in a small village is glimpsed through the scrub on the side of the road.
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More of the endless rocks broken up by the ancient glacier.
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Another rock wall.
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The ancient village of Osor nestled by a cove.
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The road descends to water level and we soon cross the bridge between the island of Cres and the island of Losinj.
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The water and water sports are the big attractions.
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We have arrived at Hotel Aurora and the hotel staff held lunch for our group.
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A view out the windows of the dining room in the hotel.
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After lunch and a rest, we decide to go down to check out the marvelous swimming cove below the hotel.
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Most of the beachgoers here are guests at the hotel. Most of them are German.
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There is no way to truly describe the waters of the Adriatic around Mali Losinj. Even this picture does not do them justice.
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I kept trying to get good photos of the water, but trust me, none of them really convey the color which was truly a magical, irredescent aquamarine.
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Hotel Aurora in the pines above the beach.
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A view of the cove from the park around the hotel.
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A view of the cove from the balcony of our room.
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The lectures begin.
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A welcome from the Directrice of the Hotel Aurora.
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Attentive scientists listen to their fellows presenting the latest research.
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Hungarian physicist speaks.
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Notes.
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More notes.
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Still more notes.
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Hotel Aurora meeting room.
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89 year old scientist speaks on Pure Spinor Geometry and Quantum Mechanics.
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Pure Spinor Geometry and Quantum Mechanics.
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Pure Spinor Geometry and Quantum Mechanics.
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Simulation of Entanglement.
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Another lecture
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Discussions between lectures are intense.
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Pilot-Wave Theory for the Standard Model
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Pilot-Wave Theory for the Standard Model
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Pilot-Wave Theory for the Standard Model
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Princeton scientist: Confronting Stochastic Localization Models in Nano-mechanical Resonator and Gravitational Wave Detector Experiments.
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Princeton scientist
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Princeton scientist
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More intense discussion follow Princeton scientist's talk.
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The next lecture begins.
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What the Bleep do We know?
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What the Bleep do We know?
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What the Bleep do We know?
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What the Bleep do We know?
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The Ghirardi-Rimini-Weber Model and Relativity
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The Ghirardi-Rimini-Weber Model and Relativity
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Critique
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After the lectures: sightseeing.
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Charming Mali.
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Laura rests on a bench, enjoying the view and the sunshine.
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Pink benches add to the ambiance.
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A floating vegetable market.
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Yachts.
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The village/town of Mali Losinj.
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Closing talks
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Round table discussion at the end.
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Holistic Quantum Computational Semantics and Gestalt-Thinking Processes
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The Conference is over.
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The audience of attendees and lecturers applaud a successful conference.
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That evening, the hotel puts on a live celebration for its guests.
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Folk dances
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Numerous types of dances were demonstrated.
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The hotel terrace
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