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Critique of Intelligent Design

Evolution vs. Creationism

The Art of ID Stuntmen

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Anthropic Principle

Autopsy of the Bible code

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Failure to demystify C, David Aug 30, 2006
I'm afraid this attempt to demystify physics by removing the wave aspects from massed particles is all wrong.

For one thing, if physicists had it all wrong for massed entities like protons and electrons, then the solution of the Schrodinger wave equation for the hydrogen atom would not conform to experimental results. But it does. That demolishes the thesis of this entire essay.

But the author and his fellow physicists make a fundamental error from the start: what they observe with electrons, photons, and other fundamental physical entities is not wave-particle duality. It is wave-particle non-duality! Wave-particle duality is what is observed in the macroscopic world. The physics community is looking at the problem from a philosophically backwards perspective.
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Failure to demystify Perakh, Mark Aug 30, 2006
It looks like David C. is confused regarding the relationship between theoretical constructs like the Schroedinger equation, and physical reality. The Schroedinger equation, and the wave function which is found via solving that equation for specific boundary conditions, while among the greatest achievements of the human mind and apart from being highly instrumental in describing particles' observed behavior, are mathematically formulated theoretical constructs. Whether my hypothetical explanation of the material particles's wave spectra is correct or incorrect (and in my essay I unequivocally admit it can be wrong), it has nothing to do with the validity of the solutions of Schroedinger equation. If my hypothesis, attributing the wave behavior to the interaction of particles's magnetic momenta with electric fields within the solids, happened to be correct, it would not affect in the least the applicability of the Schroedinger equation to the hydrogen atom (or to any other problem). The Schroedinger equation correctly describes the behavior of particles viewed as waves, but in itself sheds no light on the underlying physical mechanism of what appears as a wave behavior.

David C. further rejects not just my particular hypothesis, but the commonly accepted view of physicists (so I seem to be in good company). In David's opinion, the observed behavior of particles is not a manifestation of a wave-particle duality, but on the contrary, a manifestation of what he calls "non-duality." Such a bold rejection of a commonly accepted view may be taken seriously only if supported by substantial evidence. David C. offers none. The gist of that statement is obscure and can't be discussed absent a clarification (although I hardly expect that any further clarification from David C. would shed more light upon his idiosyncratic version of particle physics).

In a reply to another letter from David C., Talk Reason characterized David's attitude as supercilious. It looks like that characterization was right on the mark.
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