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Quantum Mechanics Tells Us That There Are No Such Things As Obje

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Posted by Richard Ruquist on September 1, 2002 14:40:33 UTC

I cannot accept this proposition. Quantum mechanics is a set of mathematics that has various interpretations- which are leaps of faith as to what reality is.

The interpretations range from reality being only objects- usually called particles- to reality containing no objects or particles at all- only fields from macro EM fields, to micro (atomic sized) electron fields, to nuclear-sized quark and gloun fields, and finally to any of these fields in its collapsed or unified field state, normally thought of as a particle. In between, DrDick offers the interpretation that its all math. Reality is just a set of numbers.

Each interpretation is justified by its being able to derive the laws of physics from its premises. For example, Feymann used forward time electrons and backward time positrons to derive the equations of QED whose solutions have been verified experimentally to more decimal places than any other theory.

So we should believe that its all particles,
all objects???

No- Since the same equations can be derived using the field only approach. And DrDick can derive the same equations, so to speak, from numbers only and an exotic form of sampling theory.

So the point is that no physics theory tells what reality is, they just tell us how reality works to one degree of approximation or another.

I apologize for seizing on one point without digesting the whole list of propositions. But that point seemed to be where I had something to say.



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