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The Oxymoron of Quantum Coin-Flipping

Is the thought experiment of Schrodinger’s cat similar to the experiment of coin flipping? Is it quantum physics or a simple probability problem? (original Quora question) The question makes a good point. There’s a problem in interpreting QM as something separate from simple probability relationships, and thereby attempting to wrangle reality into QM’s various mathematical … Read more

Hidden Metaphors

metaphor of hidden in plain sight

The physics of what is hidden, that is, all causative and representational aspects of theoretical physics, reflects often unconsciously held tensions. Theoretical physics’ multiple conflicting theories each reflect complex internal tensions – emotional, mental, and physical – externalized through metaphor and shared beliefs. Electrodynamics reflects tensions around dualism. Relativity reflects tensions around reductionism and contradictory … Read more

Mystery Clubs Aren’t About Fraud

Christopher Langan’s Cognitive Theoretic Model of the Universe, or CTMU, is not is a fraud. Fraudulence implies willful deception. Langan is proud of and dedicated to CTMU. No crime in that. I have no reason to question his intelligence either. I do conclude that Langan commits a likely unconscious deception in perpetuating cultural biases towards … Read more

String Theory: a ball of yarn

String theory is to physics what conspiracy theories are to politics. Self-satisfying disorientation spun like so much yarn on distress from the question, What does it MEAN?!*?!* Original publish date Nov 20, 2017

I Sympathize with Hossenfelder

How do theoretical particle physicists respond to Sabine Hossenfelder’s article “How Popper Killed Particle Physics”? (original Quora question) Hossenfelder’s argument is complicated to the point of being so convoluted that it misses its own point. In her attempt to create dramatic cross-currents, she does not settle into the existential clarity needed to assess what is, … Read more