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Quantum Mysticism: Gone but Not Forgotten
http://www.physorg.com/ ^ | Lisa Zyga | June 8th, 2009

Posted on 06/08/2009 8:53:23 PM PDT by Maelstorm

In a recent paper published in the European Journal of Physics, Marin has written a short history, based on a longer analysis, of the mysticism controversy in the early quantum physics community. As Marin emphasizes, the controversy began in Germany in the 1920s among physicists in reaction to the new theory of quantum mechanics, but was much different than debates on similar issues today. At the turn of the last century, science and religion were not divided as they are today, and some scientists of the time were particularly inspired by Eastern mysticism. In his analysis, Marin lays out each player’s role and perspective in the controversy, and argues that studying the original interpretations of quantum mechanics can help scientists better understand the theory, and could also be important for the public in general.

“Becoming aware of this subject would help general audiences realize that there are many other alternatives besides the ones offered by the disjunction between science and religion,” Marin told PhysOrg.com. “Science vs. religion is a very recent forced choice that the founders of quantum mechanics would have never recognized, much less accepted.”

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: quantum
Observability does matter.
1 posted on 06/08/2009 8:53:23 PM PDT by Maelstorm
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To: Maelstorm
Observability does matter.

With QM observations determine the outcome.

2 posted on 06/08/2009 9:15:42 PM PDT by LeGrande (I once heard a smart man say that you can’t reason someone out of something that they didn’t reaso)
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To: LeGrande

You lookin’ aT ME?


3 posted on 06/08/2009 9:24:22 PM PDT by BlueDragon
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To: BlueDragon
You lookin’ aT ME?

Well, there's an outcomes-based reply if I ever saw one!

CA....

4 posted on 06/08/2009 10:46:37 PM PDT by Chances Are (Whew! It seems I've at last found that silly grin!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Mysticism-in-the-quantum-physics-community ping.


5 posted on 06/09/2009 12:15:28 AM PDT by FrogMom (No such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: Maelstorm

As Niels Bohr said: “Anyone not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it..”


6 posted on 06/09/2009 12:24:57 AM PDT by Niteflyr ("If you’re drawing flak, you know you're over the target".)
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To: Maelstorm

7 posted on 06/09/2009 12:27:00 AM PDT by Niteflyr ("If you’re drawing flak, you know you're over the target".)
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