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The Quantum Syllogism

  1. Jan 14, 2005 #1
    Ed Jaynes provides the example of the Quantum Syllogism. I cannot count the number of times that I have heard this from proponents of QM. This is the logic of the Quantum Syllogism:
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    The present mathematical formalism can be
    made to reproduce many experimental facts
    very accurately.

    *Therefore*

    The *physical interpretation* which Niels
    Bohr tried to associate with it must be true;
    and it is naive to try to circumvent it.
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    Compare this with the Pre-Copernican Syllogism:
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    The mathematical system of epicycles can be
    made to reproduce the motions of the planets
    very accurately.

    *Therefore*

    The theological arguments for the necessity of
    epicycles as the perfect motions must be true,
    and it is heresy to try to circumvent them.
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    In what way are they different? The difference is only that today everybody knows what is wrong with the Pre-Copernican syllogism; but (from the frequency with which it is still repeated) only a relatively few have yet perceived the error in the Quantum Syllogism.

    All the best
    John B.
     
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  3. Jan 14, 2005 #2

    DrChinese

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    Enough is enough. This forum is quantum physics. This topic is not physics, it is philosophy.

    John, why do you start a new thread every time you have another thought? All of your threads essentially address the same ideas - that QM is nothing and you are a genius because you have an EE (no insult intended, Warren).

    Some of us have tried to engage you (myself included), and you blow off serious attempts at discussion. I get the feeling your objective is to see your name on the QM forum page. This forum is not about ego trips. Best case: this belongs in TD, but it probably lacks the substance to qualify there.
     
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