Avant Garde Science
We stand on the brink of a momentous 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. It is absolutely fantastic, which is why it has been invisible in plain sight. Unexpectedly, this has major implications for everyday life. Properly understood, the result is a new and empowering scientific worldview that offers a way to resolve and dissipate the global catastrophic risks we have created.
As stated by Heinz Pagels, the head of the New York Academy of Sciences:
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 full meaning of the new physics, and therefore how we understand the nature of the reality we actually live in, it has left everyone behind, even the greatest scientists. 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 of the world 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. The physical reality one actually encounters is a class-of-worlds-as-a-world, as explained here: a ‘second-logical-type’ phenomenon. This is what gives rise to exactly the world described by QBism, the latest interpretation of quantum theory.
Based on Quantum Bayesinaism, QBism resolves the great paradoxes of quantum theory, which strongly suggests the central principle is correct. The problem is that this means the real world is determinate, meaning physically real and certain, only where you have observed it. This is sufficiently radical that little attention is paid to the idea. But with the new explanatory principle, QBism has an ontology: an explanation at the most fundamental level of existence. The world one encounters is the simultaneous presence of a great number of worlds, a whole class of worlds all at once. This world works exactly as QBism describes.
QBism seems to stand in direct opposition to the current paradigm, the modern scientific worldview. But with this new explanatory principle it simply enlarges on the existing paradigm and completes it. This is exactly the same kind of adjustment that has produced all the major conceptual breakthroughs in scientific history. The well-established science is extended, and the origins of previously inexplicable phenomena are revealed.
The result is a concept of the world so bizarre as to seem ridiculous, but this is exactly what Thomas Kuhn called a scientific revolution: a radical departure from the current worldview. This is the way every great upheaval in the scientific paradigm appears at the outset. As Kuhn’s later work describes, these major shifts in our understanding require a new terminology, without which the new concepts make no sense. Here it is the principle of logical type, discovered by Bertrand Russell, that resolves the great paradoxes. The result is the simple but fundamental explanatory principle outlined above. 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.
The next page The Conceptual Revolution describes the idea of scientific revolutions in general, ‘paradigm shifts’ as Kuhn also called them, and this one in particular. The following page Overview, gives a fairly terse summary of the major concepts presented.
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