RE: MD Irrationality (quantum particles)

From: Nathan Lund (
Date: Tue Sep 24 2002 - 21:52:00 BST


> Here's how Pirsig describes quantum particle behavior:
> "But in modern quantum physics all that is changed. Particles 'prefer'
> to do what they do. An individual particle is not absolutely committed
> to one predictable behavior. What appears to be an absolute cause is
> just a very consistent pattern of preferences. Therefore when you strike
> 'cause' from the language and substitute 'value' you are not only
> replacing an empirically meaningless term with a meaningful one; you
> are using a term that is more appropriate to actual observation." (8)

Particles' behavior can be predicted within probabilities (percentage of likelihood that a quantum event will occur). This gives the impression that particles do as they "prefer." But I think it is a distinct possibility that what is known of subatomic particles is limited by technology or whathaveyou, and this tendency towards "moral" decisions could merely be illusion. I tend to agree with this free-will theory of quantum mechanics, but also we should keep in mind Phaedrus' theory that science perpetually disproves itself (a theory which I whole-heartedly identified with upon reading).

> When particles stop following a consistent pattern of moral preferences,
> the universe as we know it will vanish, and we along with it unless you
> have an escape plan. If you do, please share. (-:

When fundemental behavoir of nature breaks down, everything goes with it. Yeah, I agree with that.
I think the solidarity the world needs is a very loose one which allows for tolerance of other cultures' ways of living. One of tolerance. A solidarity of anti-solidarity, you follow?

Destroy dogma,

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