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Is it just me but the more I'm told the less I understand. The layman has no chance of keeping up with the thoughts and the theories that abound. Once it was so easy to comprehend the basic atomic theories but now we are strung together with vibrating strings that don't exist in reality. When the universe stops vibrating will it disappear?
Ha ha! Pity the poor fools who choose to work with this stuff - it was nature wot did it! Of course, the above does not preclude realism between measurements - it simply brings it into doubt.
What is being doubted when realism is doubted? That there is anything but spirit? Are we doubting that something we all believed exists, exists?
Is it just me but the more I'm told the less I understand.
In quantum mechanics "particles" only appear when making certain kinds of measurements. Even then the "particle" position and momentum can not be determined at the same time.
Mass is the visible incarnation of energy , if you look to closely the energy becomes invisible. It seems we can invent our own theories from our imagination and the imagined becomes valid. It appears to me very much like a game where reality is just our point of contact with an ethereal world, where dreams can come true. The more we look the more it changes, till we eventually realise its all an elaborate illusion.
What does "matter" mean in quantum age? What is "quantum materialism"? How does this changed conception of matter affect our conceptions of such classic notions of the world as a mechanical machine obeying fixed deterministic laws? Or of space and time as existing independent of "matter". I think many of our philosophical notions are still based on a Newtonian view of the world. I think the dualisms of philosophy: mind/matter, ideal/real, objective/subjective is really based on a misconception of the nature of deeper reality. Are there important clues in our changed conception of matter for resolving these troublesome dualities?
Monism, oneness, anyone?
One thing that Newton and Descartes and the philosophers of that time had in common was that they were all in the process of overthrowing Scholasticism and Aristotle.