And have to leave academic science. Factually correct answers do not matter now if they are not politically correct. In a review of Adam Becker’s What Is Real? The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics (Basic Books, 2018), mathematician and physicist Sheldon Lee Glashow tells us
No one can doubt that quantum mechanics is strange. Who could believe that particles can briefly violate energy conservation so as to pass through otherwise impenetrable barriers?1 Who could believe that a body’s position and velocity could not both be known to an arbitrary degree of precision, yet this is Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle. Who could believe that not more than one electron can occupy the same quantum state, yet this is Pauli’s exclusion principle? How can it be that electrons and protons behave like waves, just as electromagnetic waves behave like particles? All attempts to skirt these quantum-mechanical principles have failed.
As Adam Becker concedes, “[Q]uantum physics certainly works.” Sheldon Lee Glashow, “Not So Real” at Inference Review
We are given the impression that Becker does not like that fact. “Erwin Schrödinger’s cat is one of Becker’s pet preoccupations. The first of her several dozen appearances in his book is on page 2, the last seven on page 257.” What Becker does like is string theory, about which Glasgow says,
Can theories admitting no conceivable experimental test, like string theory or multiverse cosmology, be useful contributions to physics? “Claiming that no data,” Becker argues, “could ever force the rejection of a multiverse theory is merely stating that a multiverse theory is just like any other theory.”8 But the multiverse is not like any other theory. To accept it is to reject any possibility of understanding how neutrinos acquire mass, why weak interactions violate parity, or what determines the mathematical structure of the Standard Model. These mysteries and whatever secrets lie beyond the Standard Model are simply accidents of birth of our particular universe.
Hat tip: Philip Cunningham, who comments,
Quantum mechanics falsifies the naturalistic/materialistic view of reality which holds that space-time, matter-energy is all that there is. In other words, a cause that is completely beyond space-time, matter-energy must be appealed to in order to explain the effect of quantum correlations.
Theists, specifically Christian Theists, have a beyond space-time, matter-energy cause to appeal to. Atheists don’t! In fact, as stated previously, atheistic materialism denies that anything beyond space-time, matter-energy exists.
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4 Replies to “If quantum mechanics were a researcher, she’d be fired”
“If quantum mechanics were a researcher, she’d be fired”
Too Funny! 🙂
Here is a great video that pulls no punches on what is wrong with physics today…
‘Theists, specifically Christian Theists, have a beyond space-time, matter-energy cause to appeal to.’
Doesn’t ‘non-locality’ prove it, Philip ?
Axel, Non-locality does indeed prove the necessity of a beyond space and time cause.