why this blog is unnecessary

I assume you noticed already that this blog revolves around a few issues only: the arrow of time [1, 2, 3], the interpretation of quantum theory [1, 2, 3], the meaning of probability [1, 2, 3] and the role of consciousness [1, 2, 3].

But many years ago, H. D. Zeh published a remarkable paper, which already condensed all those issues into one master piece and some thought provoking conclusions, even "assuming that every spacetime point carries consciousness". I really recommend it.

So it seems that all that might be left for me to write about are Ikea chairs and theology.


added later: Yes I am aware that locating consciousness in single spacetime points does not help us much with quantum gravity and the 'branching' of wavefunctions might be problematic if there is no classical time. But fortunately there is already a realist interpretation of quantum mechanics "suggesting that solving the problem of time in quantum gravity leads to a solution of the measurement problem in quantum mechanics".

And since 'quantum gravity' is more or less a solved problem, this blog really is unnecessary.


Jonathan Livengood said...

Interesting. How do you think the suggestion that each spacetime point carries consciousness compares with Leibniz's monadology?

wolfgang said...

Actually, i thought about Leibniz when I read that. The spacetime metric as the pre-established harmony?

But I am not sure what to make of all this.
Obviously (as I added) there is a problem with quantum gravity, because one would think that spacetime is a concept that makes sense only as an approximation.