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RE: RE: [QuantumPhysicsMeetupGroup] Quantum Mechanics Lecture Notes for the Mathematically Minded

From: user 9.
Sent on: Saturday, January 30, 2010 6:58 PM
Seems to me everyone has their own agenda and - surprising as it may
seem to you - you are no different!

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From: [address removed]
[mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Jonathan
Sent: 30 January[masked]:30
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: RE: [QuantumPhysicsMeetu­pGroup] Quantum Mechanics Lecture
Notes for the Mathematically Minded

I believe that there is a 'Mulder and Scully' case to be made here;
since in a subject like Quantum Physics, where even highly qualified
researchers cannot really claim to have a great depth of knowledge in
the topic, there is still room for many more extraordinary discoveries;
but unfortunately the paucity of solid QP information also attracts
attention seekers and crackpots - such as those swearing blind that
Britney Spears has given birth to a three-headed cow-baby fathered by
the ghost of Michael Jackson, or hallucinations that they can shoot
laser beams (which only they can see) from their fingertips, etc.

However (probably because of the over-abundance of quackery), those with
a strong scientific bent can often be terse and dismissive of partially
formed ideas or theories that do not neatly fit a standard model (no pun
intended), whilst those more inclined to speculation frequently get
upset and cry foul when they are merely asked to firm up their theories
and reformulate them into more concrete terms...

Thus, it seems to me that a middle-ground can be reached, and the group
message board reclaimed, so long as more socratic means are employed by
the group, and everyone agrees to a level playing field where all ideas
(except ad hominem attacks, whinging and off-topic or commercial agenda
posts) are welcome - but where the originators of more off beat theories
must be prepared to back their notions up with intelligent rigorous
argument.

Finally, for the mystically inclined, it might be worth keeping in mind
the words of the esteemed Magickian Aleister Crowley:
"By doing certain things certain results will follow; students are most
earnestly warned against attributing objective reality or philosophic
validity to any of them."

HTH,

Jonathan







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