Guest Paul Posted June 21, 2009 Report Share Posted June 21, 2009 A theoretical physicist named Anthony Valentini is in the news, arguing that while quantum mechanics yields useful science, its theory is fundamentally incorrect. http://www.metanexus.net/magazine/tabid/68...05/Default.aspx Even its proponents acknowledge that many of quantum theory's claims remain speculative. [http://quantumfieldtheory.org/] And yet even a stauch critic like Valentini acknowledges that quantum theory is successful because "it has given us lasers and superconductors and all kinds of things." So what do we do? How will we ever live through the day not knowing? Well, most people don't pay the slightest attention. But with applications of quantum theory yielding tangible results, the field should not be ignored or set aside. The hard part for most people, I think, consists of two things: (1) taking the long view and (2) living with doubt. This does mean that scientists should not devise theories to explain what they see. If Newton, or someone, had not theorized about gravity, the industrial revolution probably could not have occurred; yet his theory of gravity was fundamentally incorrect. [http://www.gravityforthemasses.com/Page2.html] If the scientists who theorized about the double slit experiment Valentini discusses in the linked interview had not formulated and published their theories, we probably would not have lasers or superconductors. A scientific theory is the best explanation we have at the time. It could be wrong, but that doesn't mean that we can afford to disrespect the work behind it, or to dismiss the theory. We need our young people, and our citizens generally, to understand how science advances. If they do not understand it, they will not respect or support it, and that will be to everyone's detriment. That is part of what is happening in our community now. We also need to refrain from thinking that we have final answers to the great questions of nature. More arguing, and perhaps more violence and suffering, are caused by the impatience surrounding this issue, than perhaps anything else. The key is in the method of thinking. This is not being taught adequately in our schools or in our homes, in my opinion. Biggest problem is, reading this is no fun. It seems like being lectured to. What can I tell you? If we want to understand the world and the universe, we may have to put aside our egos for a while and pay attention to the people who know the most about these things. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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