Wholeness and the Implicate Order II

After our brief foray into Minnesota politics, we are going to return to David Bohm's take on quantum mechanics in his book Wholeness and the Implicate Order. Our assignment this time is to read chapters 4 and 5, and, of course, to understand what quantum mechanics is all about. No exam, though. Pop quiz? Maybe.

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  • Curt H.

    Not everyone understood Boehm's arguments for his quantum mechanics theory (including me), but there is clearly an intense interest in Boehm's and other's QM concepts and their implications. Maybe I'll understand some of this, yet.

    November 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    From the CalTech blog, two experiments weighing in against hidden-variable theories: http://quantumfrontiers.com/2012/11/08/its-been-a-tough-week-for-hidden-variable-theories/

    Interestingly, they do appear to be very close in setup to what our author proposes at the end of his chapter 5. That being said, I'm not sure David Bohm would necessarily accept either the blogger's interpretation of the experiments or their supposed invalidation of (his) hidden-value theory. In some sense, his deepest concern -- that quantum indeterminacy can _somehow_ be explained -- seems untouched, even if his own explanation might not be so lucky.

    November 11, 2012

  • George A.

    I've done quantum mechanics, i've taught quantum mechanics, and what I know is uncertainly true. Categories are of human invention, unfit for... and inadequate to... contain all that nature has contrived. From the outset it appears, waves and particles have been so intimately blended (so well kneaded) that no machine can part their masque, nor parse their lot, as far back in time as space allows. Planck's constant is small but not zero.

    November 9, 2012

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