Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC) (chemoelectric) wrote,

Motivation for the argument that quantum mechanics _does_ involve "spooky action at a distance"

Why are scientists so desperate, in the first place, to show that quantum mechanics involves what I think Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen called ‘spooky action at a distance’? A hint comes from one of my college physics professors, the best damn teacher I ever had, but despite being a good teacher he had a fondness for using QM to say ‘Nyeah! Nyeah!’ to Albert Einstein. The mythical Einstein is an Olympian figure, whom I imagine a lot of people would like to defeat in mental battle. (The actual Einstein was an above average theoretical physicist who had gone to a public engineering school. You’d probably never hear of him, if he tried to break into the field now.)

Another possible factor is that quantum mechanics historically developed in a suck-up atmosphere of leader and bootlicking minions, and the suck-up cultural aspect remained, except, as with the Church, the great leader became replaced by an institutional orthodoxy.

Another factor may be that Einstein himself primed people into believing ‘anything goes’ in physics. This is a complex subject, for which I refer to (the difficult and also pop-up ad laden site)

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