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A startling claim in New Scientist

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Product Details In a comparatively nonsense-free book review, we read,

Schrödinger and Einstein both spent far longer on the hunt for a unification of quantum physics and relativity than they had on the breakthroughs for which they are known. This quixotic quest forms the major part of Halpern’s book, and it makes for a tragic tale.

instein revised and rejigged his work, to the increasing ennui of his peers and the increasing adulation of the world. Schrödinger, never as famous, overstepped the mark, trying so hard to be taken seriously that he offended Einstein with public pronouncements about the superiority of his own work. For three years, Einstein didn’t return Schrödinger’s letters.

Their fellow physicists became more bewildered and irritated by the pair. It is tough for physicists to see the public offer awe and respect for ideas that are unproven speculation. …

“Unproven speculation” tough? Really?

Tough for some physicists, but for others  the multiverse sure fixed that.

See also: How and why the multiverse made unproved speculation okay.

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4 Replies to “A startling claim in New Scientist

  1. 1
    Stephen Sparrow says:

    Puts me in mind of the banner advertisement (here in NZ) for this page. “No limits, No Boundaries Truly unlimited Fibre broadband.” Yeah right

  2. 2
    bornagain77 says:

    OT: God and Science COLLIDE – Mike Strauss Lecture – Modern Scientific Evidence for the Existence of God – Oct 30, 2014 – video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_JKeZguIN0

  3. 3
    bornagain77 says:

    As to,

    Excerpt: But the most crucial missing ingredient may be this: Maldacena doesn’t seem that concerned with self-promotion. In other words, he doesn’t have what set Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger apart.,,,
    Schrödinger and Einstein both spent far longer on the hunt for a unification of quantum physics and relativity than they had on the breakthroughs for which they are known. This quixotic quest forms the major part of Halpern’s book, and it makes for a tragic tale.
    Einstein revised and rejigged his work, to the increasing ennui of his peers and the increasing adulation of the world. Schrödinger, never as famous, overstepped the mark, trying so hard to be taken seriously that he offended Einstein with public pronouncements about the superiority of his own work. For three years, Einstein didn’t return Schrödinger’s letters.
    http://www.newscientist.com/ar.....WRItEbcBCC

    Perhaps if these two great scientists were a bit more humble, and more concerned with finding the truth rather than self-promotion, maybe they would have found that elusive ‘theory of everything’?
    As mentioned the other day, the most profound confusion in modern physics is the fallacious belief that blind causality is superior to agent causality, as originally envisioned by the Christian founders of modern science, in terms of explanatory power.

    It is interesting to note that the presupposition of agent causality, i.e. God, behind the mathematical laws of the universe was presupposed by the Christian founders of modern science when they first discovered the mathematical laws of the universe.
    http://www.uncommondescent.com.....ent-566184

    Aside from the epistemological failure in science that ensues from the denial of humans as rational, causal, agents in the first place, nowhere is the ‘profound confusion’ in physics, that ensues by denying agent causality, more pronounced than in quantum physics.
    Quantum Physics literally screams for the agent causality of God as an explanation.
    Schrödinger’s own equation should have been a huge hint to Schrödinger (and many others) that a genuine ‘theory of everything’ must include the agent causality of God in its explanation:

    Does Quantum Physics Make it Easier to Believe in God? Stephen M. Barr – July 10, 2012
    Excerpt: Couldn’t an inanimate physical device (say, a Geiger counter) carry out a “measurement” (minus the ‘observer’ in quantum mechanics)? That would run into the very problem pointed out by von Neumann: If the “observer” were just a purely physical entity, such as a Geiger counter, one could in principle write down a bigger wavefunction that described not only the thing being measured but also the observer. And, when calculated with the Schrödinger equation, that bigger wave function would not jump! Again: as long as only purely physical entities are involved, they are governed by an equation that says that the probabilities don’t jump.
    That’s why, when Peierls was asked whether a machine could be an “observer,” he said no, explaining that “the quantum mechanical description is in terms of knowledge, and knowledge requires somebody who knows.” Not a purely physical thing, but a mind.
    https://www.bigquestionsonline.com/content/does-quantum-physics-make-it-easier-believe-god

    The neccessity for God as an explanation in quantum mechanics, as a ‘causal agent’ in quantum mechanics, has only gotten far stronger since Schrödinger (and Einstein) tried to find the ‘theory of everything’:

    A Short Survey Of Quantum Mechanics and Consciousness
    Excerpt: Putting all the lines of evidence together the argument for God from consciousness can now be framed like this:
    1. Consciousness either preceded all of material reality or is a ‘epi-phenomena’ of material reality.
    2. If consciousness is a ‘epi-phenomena’ of material reality then consciousness will be found to have no special position within material reality. Whereas conversely, if consciousness precedes material reality then consciousness will be found to have a special position within material reality.
    3. Consciousness is found to have a special, even central, position within material reality.
    4. Therefore, consciousness is found to precede material reality.
    Four intersecting lines of experimental evidence from quantum mechanics that shows that consciousness precedes material reality (Wigner’s Quantum Symmetries, Wheeler’s Delayed Choice, Leggett’s Inequalities, Quantum Zeno effect)
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uLcJUgLm1vwFyjwcbwuYP0bK6k8mXy-of990HudzduI/edit

    And when the agent causality of God is rightly let back into science, then a solution to the most profound enigma in modern physics, that Einstein and Schrödinger both apparently vainly spent much of the time on, readily pops out for us.
    Namely, the resurrection of Christ from death provides a empirically backed reconciliation of Quantum Mechanics/Special Relativity, (Quantum Electrodynamics), and General Relativity into the much sought after ‘theory of everything’:

    The Center Of The Universe Is Life (Jesus) – General Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, Entropy and The Shroud Of Turin – video
    http://vimeo.com/34084462
    Shroud of Turin – a few notes on corresponding empirical evidence
    http://www.uncommondescent.com.....ent-566186

    Verse and Music:

    Colossians 1:15-20
    The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

    Matthew 28:18
    Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

    Hillsong: “Lord Of Lords” – music
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlqDIfS4O3s

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    bornagain77 says:

    And it is not as if the Theist is lacking in empirical evidence for agent causality within physics. Quantum Mechanics itself is literally screaming for agent causality to be let back into science:

    What Does Quantum Physics Have to Do with Free Will? – By Antoine Suarez – July 22, 2013
    Excerpt: What is more, recent experiments are bringing to light that the experimenter’s free will and consciousness should be considered axioms (founding principles) of standard quantum physics theory. So for instance, in experiments involving “entanglement” (the phenomenon Einstein called “spooky action at a distance”), to conclude that quantum correlations of two particles are nonlocal (i.e. cannot be explained by signals traveling at velocity less than or equal to the speed of light), it is crucial to assume that the experimenter can make free choices, and is not constrained in what orientation he/she sets the measuring devices.
    To understand these implications it is crucial to be aware that quantum physics is not only a description of the material and visible world around us, but also speaks about non-material influences coming from outside the space-time.,,,
    https://www.bigquestionsonline.com/content/what-does-quantum-physics-have-do-free-will

    A Short Survey Of Quantum Mechanics and Consciousness
    Excerpt: Putting all the lines of evidence together the argument for God from consciousness can now be framed like this:
    1. Consciousness either preceded all of material reality or is a ‘epi-phenomena’ of material reality.
    2. If consciousness is a ‘epi-phenomena’ of material reality then consciousness will be found to have no special position within material reality. Whereas conversely, if consciousness precedes material reality then consciousness will be found to have a special position within material reality.
    3. Consciousness is found to have a special, even central, position within material reality.
    4. Therefore, consciousness is found to precede material reality.
    Four intersecting lines of experimental evidence from quantum mechanics that shows that consciousness precedes material reality (Wigner’s Quantum Symmetries, Wheeler’s Delayed Choice, Leggett’s Inequalities, Quantum Zeno effect)
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uLcJUgLm1vwFyjwcbwuYP0bK6k8mXy-of990HudzduI/edit

    And when the agent causality of God is rightly let back into science, then a solution to the most profound enigma in modern physics readily pops out for us.
    Namely, the resurrection of Christ from death provides a empirically backed reconciliation of Quantum Mechanics/Special Relativity, (Quantum Electrodynamics), and General Relativity into the much sought after ‘theory of everything’:

    The Center Of The Universe Is Life (Jesus) – General Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, Entropy and The Shroud Of Turin – video
    http://vimeo.com/34084462
    Shroud of Turin – a few notes on corresponding empirical evidence
    http://www.uncommondescent.com.....ent-566186

    Verse and Music:

    Colossians 1:15-20
    The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

    Matthew 28:18
    Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

    Hillsong: “Lord Of Lords” – music
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlqDIfS4O3s

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