particles and connections (General)

by dhw, Saturday, February 04, 2017, 13:54 (258 days ago)

As we have moved so far away from our clever tiny wasp, and I can see no connection between this vicious parasite and the invisible reaches of our universe, I'm starting a new thread.

DAVID (under "clever tiny wasp"): That is what the quantum/ philosophers of science believe: read The non-local Universe

dhw: While I admire the breadth of your reading, it really doesn’t help me if you answer my questions by giving me a reading list. You have informed me that a particle is split, and its two parts remain connected over hundreds of miles, and therefore what? I should believe that all particles throughout the universe are connected? If you understand the reasoning, I’m sure you can explain it. If you don’t understand it, then maybe you will share my puzzlement.

DAVID: See my entry today.

I shan't pretend to have understood the article, or anything else about quantum mechanics, but I have looked at other sites and you and BBella are quite right that quantum folk believe that all particles are connected. Thank you. Needless to say, I remain very much in the dark. BBella believes that even a distant star that she knows nothing about not only affects her but is also affected by her. I mentioned a pebble on a beach in Australia as another example. I'm sure BBella will answer for herself, but I don't know if you, David, also subscribe to the interconnectedness of all things. Taking my example of the Australian pebble, what "effect" do you think it might have on you? If it has no effect on you, and if you have no effect on it, and if you don't know it exists, what is the nature of the connection?

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