I was doing a search on twitter about quantum mechanics and in the results I saw a lot of tweets about products that use quantum mechanics to change your life! Apparently some people believe that quantum mechanics can make you wealthier and healthier. Can someone really use a physics theory (which is very hard to understand) in order to change his life? If you really don’t have an answer on that you can start your quest for an answer by reading the following post in Cosmic Log;
This is an interview with Lawrence Krauss the writer of “The Physics of Start Trek”.
People want to believe that they can easily change everything without effort, but physics is all about understanding limitations;
The quantum world does pervade everything around us, but as Richard Feynman liked to say, “Scientific creativity is imagination in a straitjacket.” Not everything is possible. That’s what makes the world so interesting.
Maybe we don’t know everything about Science and quantum mechanics, but that is also the beauty of it; we are working hard in order to understand more, and to create more.
With quantum mechanics, there’s a notion that observers affect the things that they’re observing. That’s not always true, but it’s often true. That’s one of the very strange properties of quantum mechanics. Therefore people get the notion that there’s no objective reality, and that you can literally impact on the external world just by doing things internally. That’s not the case. If you want to affect something in the external world, you have to do something to it. You can’t just hope for the best. You can’t bring good things to you by thinking about them.
Knowledge has its scope and limitations, we have to understand that;
Quantum mechanics is often quoted as the explanation for many things, because it’s so weird that people latch onto it as a hope, to explain everything that they would like to believe about the universe.
Magic is linked to the belief that everything is possible with little or no effort; that is not the case with Science
There are lots of things in quantum mechanics that sound like magic. But sounding like magic and being magic are two different things.
Is quantum mechanics a new fashion?
Often, people who are trying to sell whatever it is they’re trying to sell try to justify it on the basis of science. Everyone knows quantum mechanics is weird, so why not use that to justify it? … I don’t know how many times I’ve heard people say, “Oh, I love quantum mechanics because I’m really into meditation, or I love the spiritual benefits that it brings me.” But quantum mechanics, for better or worse, doesn’t bring any more spiritual benefits than gravity does.
Here are some blogs that touch philosophical aspects of quantum physics;
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THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENTS IN OUR AND YOUR SUPERSTRINGY UNIVERSE AS SEEN FROM A CONSERVATIVE PHYSICIST’S VIEWPOINT
Welcome to my Quantum Philosophy blog. This is a place to present and discuss my ideas and questions, perform thought experiments and share. I humbly accept that we are unable discover the true nature of our universe from the inside. Please add your questions, comments or proposals. Thanks for visiting! Max J. Pucher
“…Once upon a time, i completed a thesis on gravitational wave detectors, and got a Ph.D. that culminated more than twelve years of my life devoted to physics. Normally, that would have been just the beginning of a researcher’s career, but sometimes life intervenes and, as was my case, the doctorate marks instead what seems its end. I shifted gears and began a professional career as a programmer, not an unheard of story. During more than eight years, i’ve had lots of fun discovering a new world, full of interesting people, with its own myths, heroes and battles. I’ve tried hard to learn and even give something back, and, until a few months ago i was pretty happy with the idea of going on that way for the foreseeable future…”
The podcasters were all graduate students in philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin back in the Clinton years. They all left the program at some point before getting their doctorates and have consequently since had time to get outside that whole weird world of academia and reflect on it and the various philosophical topics with a different, and probably much more lazy, perspective.
Professor Lawrence Solum is the John E. Cribbet Professor of Law and Philosophy and co-director of the University of Illinois’s Institute for Law and Philosophy. Professor Solum is an internationally recognized expert on legal theory, who works on the philosophy of law, civil procedure, constitutional Ttheory, Internet governance, and a variety of other topics. He is the author of Legal Theory Blog – widely recognized as one of the most influential sources of commentary about the world of legal ideas. Solum’s current research focuses on three areas: (1) procedural fairness, (2) the relationship between the philosophy of language and constitutional theory, and (3) the intersection between virtue ethics and the philosophy of law.
Dr. Zorba attended Hacettepe University from 1992 to 1997, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering physics as valedictorian in theDepartment of Engineering Physics, and as salutatorian in the Faculty of Engineering. He then came to the University of Rochester in the Fall of 1997 with full tuition and scholarship and began his graduate studies in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He received a Master of Arts degree in physics in 1999, and then joined Prof. Yongli Gao’s group to carry out research on the morphological and electrical properties of organic semiconductors. He completed his doctorate degree in July 2004. He spent one year as a visiting professor beginning in Sept. 2004, and has become a tenure-track assistant professor of physics in Sept. 2005 in theDepartment of Physics and Astronomy at Whittier College .
“In theory, there’s no difference between theory and practice. But in practice there is.” -Yogi Berra
I love science. In particular, I love quantum physics. The work of Bell, Bohr, Schrodinger, Heisenberg, Dirac, Bohm, DeBroglie, Feynman, Wheeler, DeWitt, Von Neumann, Wigner, Penrose, Everett (and others) excites and inspires me. Their experiments raise an open question regarding the nature of existence; their findings allude to the role of consciousness in the construct of reality. Quantum theory proves that it is the act of observation itself that causes a wave function to collapse out of either/or uncertainty into what we experience as a particular reality… My “reality.” Your “reality.” Everybody’s “reality.”
This blog exists in order for me to develop my thoughts on various philosophical problems that interest me. It is public because making it public motivates me to not slack off (which only works some of the time). And it is nice to be able to point people at a post that reflects something we had been discussing previously. Now this is not to say that I don’t care about you dear reader. I do, and I will do my best to be clear and to answer any questions you have, but there are limits to how much I care. Specifically I am not trying to change your mind or convince you of anything; it doesn’t matter to me what you think.
I (Chris Reese) am a graduate of Beeson Divinity School (M.Div.) and Talbot School of Theology (Th.M.). I’m the international outreach coordinator for the Evangelical Philosophical Society and an editor at Moody Publishers
I am an Assistant Professor at LaGuardia College, CUNY.
“…We predicted in May 1996 that LeSage’s gravity, applied to spin-1 off-shell gravitons…”