Quantum Physics Says Goodbye To Reality
by Jon Cartwright
20 April 2007
Some physicists are uncomfortable with the idea that all individual quantum events are innately random. This is why many have proposed more complete theories, which suggest that events are at least partially governed by extra "hidden variables".
Originally posted by antar
This is why the experts are moving more towards writting papers instead of books because by the time the book is published the idea is past tense. Things are moving so fast!
Now physicists from Austria claim to have performed an experiment that rules out a broad class of hidden-variables theories that focus on realism -- giving the uneasy consequence that reality does not exist when we are not observing it (Nature 446 871).
“Two-level theory means that there are two levels: a microcosmic and a macrocosmic level. The macrocosmic level means that you look at the measurement. Everything comes down to a measurement.
I think that the two-level theory is misleading. Goethe made the distinction between the kind of thinking which begins with the finished product, the object, and the dynamical thinking, which looks, instead at the coming-into-being of that object. The point of quantum physics is not to differentiate into two levels but to look at the coming-into-being of entities.
People say that quantum physics and the micro-level are based on probability structures, but the mathematics tells you it isn’t. The wave function is a complex number. But probability can only be a real number. The quantum physics is not a level of probability. Only when you come down to the measurement can you encounter the phenomenon of probability. The question is, what is before the measurement? Before the measurement is the coming into being of entities. This is a purely dynamical condition.“
Originally posted by DaRAGE
I guess the new answer to the question:
We now know that if a tree falls in the forest and nobody observes it, the tree is not there at all.
Einstein's position was clear: "I think that a particle must have a separate reality independent of the measurements. That is an electron has spin, location and so forth even when it is not being measured. I like to think that the moon is there even if I am not looking at it.
Originally posted by Mr Mota
Obviously this is blowing my mind a little...lol...but I was wondering if they are sure that it is actually the observance of this process that makes them act differently...or is it the physical body of something that gets in the way?
I tried to word that as best as possible.
That second video kind of puts our existence into perspective doesn't it?
Originally posted by Soylent Green Is People
I've always felt that what we perceive as "reality" is only a lower-dimensional shadow of a "higher reality".