Most physicists are trained to get on with calculating things and not worry too much about these contradictions.

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Quantum entanglement: the bizarre relationship that arises between two particles like electrons or photons that have interacted with each other. Even when the particles are separated by great distances, the act of measuring the properties of one - spin, for instance, if the particle is an electron – immediately impacts the properties of the other. Read more:

Today I read about physics and it reminded me of certain things. In the last few days there were reports that the claim that neutrinos are faster than light was probably based on some errors and this discussion of the speed of neutrinos attracted my attention because scientists and also writers about science always said and wrote that the speed of light is the ultimate speed possible and nothing can go faster than light. On the other hand the same scientists and the same writers talk and write about things in the world of quantum mechanics were things happen very much faster, instantly, despite great distances, but such inconsistencies like these seem to be typical for people being indoctrinated into a religion, the religion of materialism or atheism.

“Most physicists are trained to get on with calculating things and not worry too much about these contradictions.”

This neutrino business was mainly coming from Cern near Geneva and from that place we also receive much news about the Higgs boson and the search for it and that again reminds me of Seth and his prediction that “When your scientists get through with all their fiddle-faddle they too will discover that this is the case, though woe to any one of them that dares breathe such a concept yet.” And the concept was that our plane is really composed of solidified thought, see 2012 Feb 10 – Scientists and clerics. And this fiddle-faddle could be this search for the Higgs boson and this search is now supposed to come to an end this year, see 2012 Apr 10 – The future of the Large Hadron Collider, and then they, the scientists, will probably have to come up with some other idea of how everything works.

Just yesterday I dealt with telepathy, see 2012 Apr 12 – How pigeons navigate, and this “extra-sensory perception”, or ESP, or psi, or paranormal mental phenomena, is also a subject that is discussed in what I read today.

So now come some excerpts of the stuff I read today:

 

Perhaps the most far-reaching aspect of Barbour’s view of gravity is that it could reconcile general relativity and quantum mechanics, the physics of the subatomic realm, marking a major step toward the long-sought theory of everything. This incompatibility tortured Einstein in his later years and has flummoxed physicists ever since. The crux of the problem is that the quantum realm of the extremely small is defined by uncertainty. Before observing a subatomic particle, there is fundamentally no way of predicting exactly where you will find it when you measure it. Quantum equations describe only the probability of finding a particle in a certain place. This fuzziness is not due to poor measurement; it is an intrinsic property of particles on the quantum scale. In many, many experiments, quantum particles, when measured, turn up in various locations with the same frequencies as predicted by their probabilistic equations.
The problem comes when theorists try to combine relativity with quantum physics. Quantum mechanics still relies on the absolute measurements of time that Einstein discarded. String theorists have tried to reconcile the differences but keep running into roadblocks: For instance, the ripples caused by uncertainty might cause such frenzied gyrations of Einstein’s space-time that every location would be riddled with black holes, an impossible outcome. In other words, relativity and quantum mechanics seem to be hopelessly at odds.
“Most physicists are trained to get on with calculating things and not worry too much about these contradictions,” Barbour says.

Psi proponents say that an explanation for ESP (like the ultimate explanation for electromagnetism, incidentally) may come from quantum physics. The science they usually invoke is quantum entanglement, the bizarre relationship that arises between two particles like electrons or photons that have interacted with each other. Even when the particles are separated by great distances, the act of measuring the properties of one - spin, for instance, if the particle is an electron – immediately impacts the properties of the other. Albert Einstein, who doubted whether entanglement was possible, famously derided the idea as “spooky action at a distance.” But entanglement is now accepted as an observable fact, if only in the realm of the very small.
Dean Radin, an electrical engineer who worked at Bell Labs before devoting himself full-time to the study of psi, has hypothesized how entanglement might lead to telepathy and clairvoyance. He suggests that the matter we are composed of, including the synaptic fluid between our neurons, is entangled with the universe at large, allowing for the anomalous transfer of information across great distances, such that somebody might dream of an airplane crash at the instant the airplane is going down.
To explain precognition, Radin proposes a different but related concept: time-symmetry of quantum events. This is the idea that microscopic phenomena, such as the motion of an electron through an electromagnetic field, would look the same regardless of whether time were flowing forward or backward. On large scales such time symmetry falls apart (which is why it is not possible to uncrack an egg), but some psi proponents think it may apply sufficiently to allow the reversal of cause and effect, enabling precognition.

 

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