Quantum Mechanics, the Mind-Body Problem and Negative Theology

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Quantum Mechanics, the Mind-Body Problem and Negative Theology
Scientists and philosophers should keep trying to solve reality’s deepest riddles while accepting that they are unsolvable
By John Horgan on December 15, 2020

 

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But is it science?
Theoretical physicists who say the multiverse exists set a dangerous precedent: science based on zero empirical evidence

There is no agreed criterion to distinguish science from pseudoscience, or just plain ordinary bullshit,
opening the door to all manner of metaphysics masquerading as science. This is ‘post-empirical’ science,
where truth no longer matters, and it is potentially very dangerous.

To understand why post-empirical science is even possible,
we need first to dispel some of science’s greatest myths.

Just try to make any sense of the raw data produced by CERN’s Large Hadron Collider
without recourse to theories of particle physics, and see how far you get.

In February 2019, the pioneers of GPS were awarded the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.
The judges remarked that ‘the public may not know what [GPS] stands for, but they know what it is’.
This suggests a rather handy metaphor for science.
We might scratch our heads about how it works, but we know that, when it’s done properly, it does.

string theory is not only a very promising scientific theory, but pretty much ‘the only game in town,’
others scornfully respond that it isn’t even science, since it doesn’t make contact with the empirical evidence:

Let me give you a taste of the exchange, to set the mood: ‘The fear is that it would become
difficult to separate such ‘science’ from New Age thinking, or science fiction,’ said George Ellis,
chastising the pro-string party; to which Sabine Hossenfelder added: ‘Post-empirical science is an oxymoron.’

The point is that in a lot of cases we don’t discover pre-existing boundaries,
as if games and scientific disciplines were Platonic ideal forms that existed in a timeless metaphysical dimension.

 

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a way to dupe governments into funding their educated guesswork?
Scientific narcissism - to create beautiful theory for other beautiful math theory
without any observation: string open - string close, quarks - tetraquark - petraquark, black hole - wormhole . . .
 

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Scientific definition.

Definition in classical physics is not the same as in quantum physics.

Classical physics --- Quantum physics

1) particle ----- like-particle

2) wave ----- like-wave

3) impulse ----- like-spin

4) form ----- point

5) time ---- timespace

6) space ---- spacetime

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This difference makes it difficult to learn physical reality.
 

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Scientific definition.

Definition in classical physics is not the same as in quantum physics.

Classical physics --- Quantum physics

1) particle ----- like-particle

2) wave ----- like-wave

3) impulse ----- like-spin

4) form ----- point

5) time ---- timespace

6) space ---- spacetime

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This difference makes it difficult to learn physical reality.
By idea, a good scientific theory must have three ingredients: stuff, arena, a set of physics laws.
In quantum theory the three ingredients look strange: the stuff is ‘’like-seems-particles’’
which have ''like-seems-spin'' and ‘’like-seems-waves’’ which ''seems-collapse '' . . .
the arena is very famous but really unknown arena of ''an absolute four-dimensional spacetime'' . . .
and essences of quantum laws have probability basis.
Under these circumstances we are chess players who attempt to play an imaginary game
on the imaginary checkerboard of world. Therefore somebody wrote:
‘’Philosophy of quantum physics is certainly not the place where logic lives.’’
 

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Renormalization and Reincarnation – Next Life.

Scientific motto: "If you get infinity (∞) in an equation, it's usually a sign that you've made a mistake."
To avoid "a mistake of infinity", a mathematical "method of renormalization” is used.
Feynman said that the method of renormalization is a method “to sweep the dust under the carpet".
In the other words ''renormalization'' is a method that hides ''reincarnation" of quantum particles “under the carpet”.
 

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