[ExI] Why More Physicists Are Starting to Think Space and Time Are ‘Illusions’

Giulio Prisco giulio at gmail.com
Mon Jan 30 17:54:22 UTC 2023

On 2023. Jan 30., Mon at 13:22, BillK via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> A concept called “quantum entanglement” suggests the fabric of the
> universe is more interconnected than we think. And it also suggests we
> have the wrong idea about reality.
> Heinrich Päs   Published Jan. 28, 2023
> <
> https://www.thedailybeast.com/why-more-physicists-are-starting-to-think-space-and-time-are-illusions
> >

Good book. Here’s my review:


And my conversation with the author:


> This past December, the physics Nobel Prize was awarded for the
> experimental confirmation of a quantum phenomenon known for more than
> 80 years: entanglement. As envisioned by Albert Einstein and his
> collaborators in 1935, quantum objects can be mysteriously correlated
> even if they are separated by large distances. But as weird as the
> phenomenon appears, why is such an old idea still worth the most
> prestigious prize in physics?
> But why is entanglement related to space and time? And how can it be
> important for future physics breakthroughs? Properly understood,
> entanglement implies that the universe is “monistic”, as philosophers
> call it, that on the most fundamental level, everything in the
> universe is part of a single, unified whole. It is a defining property
> of quantum mechanics that its underlying reality is described in terms
> of waves, and a monistic universe would require a universal function.
> Already decades ago, researchers such as Hugh Everett and Dieter Zeh
> showed how our daily-life reality can emerge out of such a universal
> quantum-mechanical description. But only now are researchers such as
> Leonard Susskind or Sean Carroll developing ideas on how this hidden
> quantum reality might explain not only matter but also the fabric of
> space and time.
> ----------------
> The One: How an Ancient Idea Holds the Future of Physics
> Hardcover – January 17, 2023
> <https://www.amazon.com/One-Ancient-Holds-Future-Physics/dp/1541674855>
> Blending physics, philosophy, and the history of ideas, The One is an
> epic, mind-expanding journey through millennia of human thought and
> into the nature of reality itself.
> ------------------
> BillK
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