For some strange reason people I know have told me that I need to try Quantum medicine so I may get rid of my health issues. I am NO expert on Quantum Theory, nor could I be considered even an amateur. However, some of Quantum Theory’s basic principles have settled into my brain. I imagine I must look completely baffled when offers as the above are presented to me. And these offers include me paying HUGE amounts of money.
Quite accidentally, I happened upon this article by Doug Bramwell. Well, actually I googled “Quantum Theory explained” and it came up, so accident isn’t even an honest explanation. But accident would be mysterious, now wouldn’t it?
PROBLEM-SOLVING ‘MAGIC’ OF QUANTUM PHYSICS
by Doug Bramwell
‘Quantum mystery’ and ‘quantum magic’ – both these expressions are used by many physicists when they are trying to explain quantum theory to the layman. Presumably they are trying to convey a sense of the strangeness of quantum theory but, sadly, the rather mystic overtones of the expressions have probably encouraged pseudoscientists and New Agers to find, in quantum theory, a justification for their particular brands of nonsense. There are unanswered questions about quantum theory, and there are unanswered questions about, say, channelling. Therefore quantum theory must explain channelling – easy isn’t it?
Quantum theory is ‘spooky’, as Einstein expressed it, in the sense that, at the microscopic level, the world does not behave in the way that everyday objects have led us to regard as common sense.
Physicists and philosophers, too often with little respect for each other’s views, have been trying to interpret quantum behaviour for some seventy years, with little or no progress. It just does not make sense.
The mathematics of quantum theory in unquestionably correct and the theory’s predictions are probably the most accurate in all science. But, however the mathematics is interpreted, nonsensical behaviour is predicted – and confirmed by experiment. Despite this strangeness, quantum theory is the firm foundation of the ‘new industrial revolution’ – the electronics industry and its progeny TV, video, computers and the rest of information technology.
Before looking at the way quantum theory is used to ‘explain’ pseudoscience and the supernatural, let us look at some odd quantum behaviour. A much quoted example is the case of two particles which, having interacted, have opposite ‘spins’ (analogous to the spin of a top in the familiar world), and remain strangely ‘entangled’ as they move away from each other.
According to quantum theory, neither particle has its spin determined until one of the two spins is measured – the two potential spins remain ‘superposed’ – neither is decided. What is determined is the fact that they are opposite. When one of the particles is measured, however, its spin is determined randomly and the superposed state is said to ‘collapse’. At any time after that instant, even if light – the fastest messenger – could not have travelled the intervening distance, measurement of the second particle will reveal that it has a spin opposite to that of its already measured partner…….
The rest of the article can be found at aske-skeptics.org.uk