Today we are going over some of the Bill Gaede video “What is Physics. math-magicians and the genocidal plans of Thanos the Mad Titan. You can find Bill Gaede’s video here if you want to watch it in advance or watch along with us.
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Hi everyone! This is episode nineteen of the Metaphysics of Physics podcast and Today we are going over the Bill Gaede video “What is Physics”.
If you want to know what a math-magician is, you are going to have to keep listening until right before the end of the segment covering the Bill Gaede video.
After that, we will discuss the Thanos bit and you can see how that is relevant.
Let’s start by diving into the video, shall we?
Bill Gaede starts off by discussing answers to a question he asked on some internet forum. The question went something like:
“Is Quantum Mechanics irrational and illogical?”
This is a good question. It sure seems that it is irrational and illogical. If you have listened to this show before, followed us on Facebook or read our blog, then you might know that we certainly think quantum mechanics is both irrational and illogical.
What kind of answers do you suppose he received to this perfectly valid question?
Well, Mr Gaede states four such answers given to him:
“Why do we, humans, want everything to be logical?”
“It is NOT irrational and illogical … just non-intuitive.”
“Why should human logic and rationality apply to quantum mechanics?”
“It’s man’s comprehension of such phenomenon that is illogical and irrational.”
We have heard all these responses in some form or another several times. And we imagine Gaede has heard them several times since he encountered them in that forum post.
Let us provide my thoughts on these answers.
1) “Why do we, humans, want everything to be logical?”
Not all of us do. Many of us are perfectly happy with illogical answers. Even though illogical answers do not help us understand the world. Even though such answers generally impede our ability to understand the world.
However, many other people do want everything to be logical, certainly when it comes to science. We know that the only answers which are of any use are those which are true. Those which are reached according to valid, well-supported chains of reasoning and which are in agreement with reality. That is, those which are logical.
What is the alternative? Answers which are not based on sound reasoning and which do not agree with reality? What use are those? If the answer is not true, then it is of no value. Even if it happens to be true, if it is not based on sound reasoning, then we cannot know whether or not it is true and we have no reason to believe that it is.
That is why some of us want our knowledge to be logical. Because we want answers which are true and we want a basis for knowing whether they are true or not.
2) “It is NOT irrational and illogical … just non-intuitive.”
First of all, it is irrational and illogical. What else would you call it? It asserts all sorts of contradictions, impossibilities and mutually exclusive things. Such as particles being in mutually exclusive states, properties not definitively existing unless observed, things magically traveling from A to B without covering any of the intervening space and so forth.
What else would you call something that makes claims which openly defy what we know to be true about reality? For no reason and against all reason. And against reason on purpose!
Don’t believe us that quantum mechanics is irrational on purpose? Well, listen to our discussion of Niels Bohr, one of its founders. And then consider that essentially everyone in the field agrees with him and holds to very similar philosophical premises.