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Proof for infinite divisibility?

  1. May 2, 2003 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    The thread “Sorites Heap Paradox” brought the following thought to mind.

    Quantum mechanics may not answer the infinitely divisible question in the way that one would expect. Normally we think of discrete units here, but consider this: I read that at the University at Boulder [I think] an atom was made to exist in two places at once. Somehow they we able to actually measure the wave function without collapsing it…I think…which made it possible two measure two of its states or positions. Does this qualify as splitting one and not getting two halves, but two wholes? Perhaps we can keep producing doubles infinitely without ever collapsing the wave function of the entangled system. How about it...does anyone know if this could be possible? Perhaps the problem of infinitely divisible becomes one of infinite energy. I don’t know much about this experiment so please forgive any errors. In fact, I would appreciate any information, links, or comments.

    Assassination attempts are OK also.
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  3. May 2, 2003 #2
    That's an example of nonlocal effects which actually imply the opposite of infinite divisibility, profound unity. The double slit experiment is a more classic example of this phenomenon.

    There are no less than eight widely respected explanations for quantum weirdness like this. One is that everything is profoundly unified, another is something is moving faster than the speed of light. Moving faster than light is equivalent to saying its magic. For example, string theory proposes there is only one electron in the universe, it just gets around so fast we can't tell the difference between having only one electron and having quadrillians.
  4. May 2, 2003 #3
    If that were true, wouldn't that mean that electrons are unable to interract with each other in any way?
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    What ?! Link, please !
    (btw, isn't this a theo. physics subject ?)
  6. May 2, 2003 #5
    Naah..... faster than light is just another euphamism for supernatural. If the supernatural were constrained by natural law it wouldn't be super now would it?
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