A Quantum Refutation of a Quantum Conspiracy
I'm putting this one up solely because I spent an hour of my life listening to it.
My head now hurts...
Here's the deal. This guy, Dr. Ron Garret, claims that he has absolute proof to lay all the quantum conspiracies out there to rest.
Then he goes into some incredibly complex math to show that people who claim QM is weird are just being silly. As far as I was able to track this, here is what he said:
1. You can't use real numbers to make the math work, you can only use complex numbers--which, according to him (if I understood him correctly), do not correspond to anything in reality.
2. The math done his way is merely speculation, but it absolutely debunks the ideas of the quantum conspiracy folks, who claim there is an underlying reality or something like that where observation factors in as part of the weirdness to our current view.
3. The true reality is that reality does not exist. There is no universe. Only our ideas of reality exist. He calls this the Zero Universe model. Garret actually said this with a straight face.
4. The math proves that the multiple universes theory is also true, but he finds this aggravates his intuitive feelings, so he finds this interpretation distasteful.
5. Quantum entanglement is not really entanglement, but it is.
The talk was done at Google and was presented as if it lays the issue of QM to rest.
Garret seems to be a nice enough person... serious... intelligent...
But I still feel like I have been conned. All that brain pain I suffered was merely to follow a fellow who was trying disprove the QM theories that claim chaos is a part of reality, and he did so by coming to the conclusion--the mathematically proven conclusion--that this can't be because reality doesn't exist in the first place.
What's that sound I heard emanating from the direction of Ayn Rand's grave?