On Sun, Dec 9, 2012 at 5:40 PM, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net> wrote:

>  On 12/9/2012 12:08 PM, Jason Resch wrote:
>  And without a doubt the most popular interpretation of Quantum Mechanics
>> among working physicists is SUAC (Shut Up And Calculate),
>  That's not an interpretation at all.
> Well for a more philosophical statement of it see Omnes.  His view is that
> once you can explain the diagonalization of the the density matrix (either
> by eigenselection, dechoherence, or just assumed per Bohr) then you have
> predicted probabilities.  QM is a probabilistic theory - so predicting
> probabilities is all you can ask of it.
Is science just about its applications or about understanding the world?  I
would argue that science would not progress so far as it has if we thought
finding the equation was the be all and end all of science.  The "shut up
and calculate" mindset can be translated as "don't ask embarrassing
questions", it is the antithesis of scientific thinking.

Student in the 1500s: Does the earth move about the sun, or do the planets
merely appear to move as if earth moved about the sun?
Professor in the 1500s: We have all the formulas for predicting planetary
motion, so shut up and calculate!

Fortunately, Copernicus wasn't satisfied with that answer.


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