-----Original Message----- From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Stathis Papaioannou Sent: Friday, 12 April 2013 11:30 AM To: email@example.com Subject: Re: Why do particles decay randomly?
On Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 5:35 AM, Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com> wrote: > > > On Thursday, April 11, 2013 3:29:51 PM UTC-4, John Clark wrote: >> >> On Thu, Apr 11, 2013 Craig Weinberg <whats...@gmail.com> wrote: >> >>> > If matter is deterministic, how could it behave in a random way? >> >> >> It couldn't. > > > Are you saying then that matter is random, or that it is neither > random nor deterministic? Matter behaves randomly, but probability theory allows us to make predictions about random events. -- Stathis Papaioannou ------------------------------------------ Yeah, what Stathis said. I can add that in cellular automata totally deterministic rules give rise to randomness. Maybe Read Wolfram's stuff? And .... 'Matter', the word, the concept, is grounded in (presupposes) a scientific observer that dreamt up the regularity called 'quantum mechanics'. QM supplies nothing about the real nature (the actual building blocks) of reality. It merely supplies how it appears, to us, inside the system being described, observing it from within, built of the same stuff. E.g. I can claim there's no such thing as 'atoms' and be 100% right, because that concept is actually "the natural world behaves atom-ly when we look at it, in circumstances where its atom-like behaviour results". With QM get to be predictive. We get no explanation of why it is that way. Same in everything else, BTW. Not just QM. Anyway you all heard this stuff from me before.... Cheers Colin -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out.