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By the way, the problem that decoherence attempts to solve is how it is possible that out of quantum mechanics arises a macroscopic world that is more or less consistent with the Western metaphysics you lambast.

That is the real problem. How do you construct a metaphysics that at the same time contains heuristics for the microscopic and for the macroscopic.

I agree with a lot of people that quantum gravity is likely to result in this new heuristics, but I honestly fail to see how 1) any quantum gravity is going to be testable other than by internal consistency (which you lambast), that is, how experiments are going to be accessible; 2) how knowledge of quantum gravity could affect (or would have affected) political economy.

Feynman once said that the problem with hard-nosed scientists is not that they lack imagination but that what they imagine is constrained by everything they know to be approximately true.

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jan 2nd, 2008 at 01:06:03 PM EST
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