Applications of Classical Physics by R. Blandford, K. Thorne

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Are quantum processes genuinely indeterministic? Are there quantum jumps – that is, is movement discontinuous at the quantum level? Are there instantaneous, “non-local” correlations between spatially separated particles, and does this create problems with the theory of relativity? More generally, is it possible to have a single coherent model of systems at the quantum level, or are we forced to be satisfied with “complementary” but mutually exclusive modes of description (such as wave and particle), as Niels Bohr had famously emphasized?

2 Bohm on Matter, Mind, and Their Relationship 25 There are well-known problems with trying to take the notion of particles (whether point-like or extended) as fundamental: . . it is not possible in relativity to obtain a consistent definition of an extended rigid body, because this would imply signals faster than light. . physicists were driven to the notion of a particle that is an extensionless point, but, as is well known, this effort has not led to generally satisfactory results, because of the infinite fields implied by point particles.

In this region, there is a movement of electromagnetic waves (light waves) that carries the information you use as the basis for constructing your visual experience. This movement somehow contains or “enfolds” information about the whole room, or if you happen to be watching the night sky, about the whole universe of space and time. This enfolded information is then unfolded by the lens of your eye, and later in a very complex process by your brain, resulting, when combined with information supplied by your brain, in your visual experience of a three-dimensional world with objects in it.

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