Quantum Mechanics: A watched pot (particle) never boils?

PSI Blog 20170419 Quantum Mechanics: A watched pot (particle) never boils?

I am afraid your tax dollars have been misspent by the Army Research Office, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency under its QuASAR program and the National Science Foundation.

George Coyne just sent this heads up on the nefarious adventures of those who claim to be quantum mechanists:

George writes:

“Here is an excerpt from my Notfinity Process book on this topic:  QMT labels this the quantum Zeno Effect (a.k.a. Turing’s Paradox) and attempts to explain it by proposing that time is merely a dimension, which things can move through or remain motionless on a timeline. QMT physicists maintain that through constantly observing a particle it will never decay, which means the observation has prevented it from doing anything and thus what they refer to as “time” ceases. Many studies claim to show that measuring particles with increased frequency affects the decay rate and can potentially stop it completely, which physicists maintain is synonymous with the stopping of ‘time.’”

[GB: Well, all I can say is that if you expect to be paid as a “modern physicist,” you better get with the regressive program. One of the more popular aspects of QMT (quantum mechanical theory) is the indeterministic idea that the experimenter’s consciousness might have an influence on the result. Of course, no one can perform an experiment on any microcosm (xyz portion of the universe) without interacting with it in some way. Time is motion, so whenever one reduces temperature (the vibratory motion of baryonic matter), any motions that occur under normal conditions will be slowed. That is what we do to prevent the decay of food when we freeze it—makes no difference if you are watching your freezer at the same time. And it sure has nothing to do with whether you think time is a dimension or not.

If these experiments have any merit at all, it is that what happens to the microcosm is influenced by the macrocosm. Perhaps a little story is apropos at this point. Back in the day, we used to consider the half-lives of radioactive isotopes to be completely independent of their surroundings. For the most part, this is a good first approximation, but I doubt that it could be true in all cases. If the literature does not have some exceptions, it is time that one of you take a look at the subject in more detail. Remember that, according to univironmental determinism, all motions of the microcosm are the result of interactions with the macrocosm.

Also remember that QMT began with the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle and the observation that both the position and the velocity of a particle cannot be determined at the same time. In other words, any measure of either must involve interacting with the particle, and thus changing its position and/or velocity at the same time. However, this has nothing to do with watched pots or particles. The upshot is that you have to have a pretty big head to think that you can influence the universe much simply by watching it.]


Bligh said...

Having trouble following GC here.
The observer effect is only a factor when physically measuring a physical system, not when "thinking" about it.
But, yes GPS shows us that both gravity and motion,(two related things, anyway)do affect physical mechanisms such as time clocks which include atomic oscillations. They do slow compared to the Earth station.
Is GC saying they do not slow?

Glenn Borchardt said...


Maybe you missed this Blog:


Ron almost invented GPS, so he should know. Of course, the internal motions of clocks are influenced by their environments. One example is the hour glass, which takes more than an hour at high altitudes because it depends on gravity. In out space, the hour glass would hardly work at all. None of this has to do with relativity or "time dilation," which is only used when c is assumed to be constant, which it is not.

Maybe you are referring to the "gravitational redshift," which occurs when the velocity of light increases as it leaves its source.