Miscellaneous Replies & Link to Original Paper
Originally posted by Phage
Seems a bit obvious but I assume there is some weird math that goes along with it.
Justement, mon brave.
I have seen it said on other threads that the source of your apparently inexhaustible knowledge is a talent for googling. This comment is more than
enough to show that it is not.
For the benefit of other posters who say they don't see anything new or special in this: it is a
mathematical framework that adapts quantum
processes to reality, resolving the attendant paradoxes.
Those whose brains are hurting (like mine) may find the
Wikipedia entry mildly
analgesic. It's a bit of a PR job, though. Doubtless that will change in the months to come.
For
Phage, Johnmike and others to whom it may make sense, then, here's the
full paper. It's not exactly overflowing with symbols
and equations, but it looks pretty difficult (to me, at least).
From the abstract:
An exploratory analysis is made of a possible causal realistic framework for quantum physics based on key properties of a non-computable
fractal-state geometry I. For example, sparseness is used to relate generic counterfactual states to points p∉I of unreality,
thus providing a geometric basis for the essential contextuality of quantum physics and the role of the abstract Hilbert Space in quantum
theory. Also, self-similarity, described in a symbolic setting, provides a possible realistic perspective on the essential role of complex numbers
and quaternions in quantum theory. A new interpretation is given to the standard ‘mysteries’ of quantum theory: superposition, measurement,
non-locality, emergence of classicality and so on. It is proposed that heterogeneities in the fractal geometry of I are manifestations of the
phenomenon of gravity. Since quantum theory is inherently blind to the existence of such state-space geometries, the analysis here suggests that
attempts to formulate unified theories of physics within a conventional quantum-theoretic framework are misguided, and that a successful quantum
theory of gravity should unify the causal non-Euclidean geometry of space–time with the atemporal fractal geometry of state space.
Constantwonder, dragonrider: I'm not sure you're right about the implications of this idea for the concept of free will, but that illusion
has been pretty much exploded already, hasn't it? There is strong evidence against free will from neuroscience, psychology and physics. The
philosophical arguments against it seem very strong to me, as well.
Badmedia, if you have anything to say
on topic, you're most welcome to say it. I am certainly not willing to continue here a discussion
on another topic from another thread.
Any responses from people who have read and understood the
actual paper will be greatly appreciated. And not just
by me; I think I speak for others, too, when I say this.
[edit on 19/8/09 by Astyanax]