Avant Garde Science
We stand on the brink of a revolutionary change to our understanding of reality. There has been a major scientific revolution, but it is incomplete. The final step is to understand the meaning of the new physics we have discovered, which is absolutely fantastic. As described by QBism, the latest interpretation of quantum theory, the world is personal. Properly understood, the result is a new and empowering scientific worldview that offers a resolution to the global catastrophic risks we have created.
As stated by Heinz Pagels, the head of the New York Academy of Sciences at the time:
We live in the wake of a physics revolution comparable to the Copernican demolition of the anthropocentric world – a revolution which began with the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics in the first decade of this century and which has left most educated people behind. (1982, 347)
When it comes to the true nature of the reality we live in, it has left everyone behind. As stated by physicist Bryce DeWitt:
Basically physicists have suffered a severe loss: their hold on reality (1971).
This is not for lack of expertise; the physicists have a very keen grasp on objective physical reality. It is the physical reality one actually encounters, which is not quite the same thing, that they have lost their hold on. In truth no one ever had it. It is a new discovery of considerable significance, as shown in QBism, the new interpretation of quantum theory. Unexpectedly, this has major implications for everyday life.
It is precisely because the physical reality one encounters in life, and on which physics experiments are performed, is not exactly the same thing as the objective physical reality of the standard scientific view that the great paradoxes arise. Avant Garde Science presents a new type of analysis that makes complete sense of this, and is easy to understand. The result is what Thomas Kuhn called a scientific revolution, meaning a radical departure from the current worldview. As his later work describes, such major shifts in our understanding require a new terminology, without which the new concepts make no sense. This explains why new concepts such as QBism have been impossible to fit into the scientific worldview. Here it is shown that the principle of logical type discovered by Bertrand Russell resolves the great paradoxes, and reveals a simple but fundamental explanatory principle. No new physics is proposed; the concepts presented follow from the well-established concepts described by leading experts. The big news is that the new worldview forms the basis of a self-sustaining and successful human culture.
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