So I entered the FQXi essay contest this year. You can read my essay “On the Nature of Asymmetry” on the FQXi website, in its full PDF glory.
I only found out about the website, and the contest, about a month ago, so my entry feels a bit rushed and unfinished. But I think having an external deadline was a good motivator nonetheless. I can still develop the ideas further some other time.
If you like, you can rate the contest entries at the FQXi website, by registering an email address. The rating period ends in about a month, after which the best rated entries advance to an anonymous expert panel.