I read this yesterday:
THEORETICAL Quantum Physicist Dr. Amit Goswami admitted today that he, and his peers, have absolutely ‘no fucking idea’ what they’re doing, and claims they were no nearer than prehistoric man to figuring out the Universe.
“We have been just winging it to tell you the truth,” explained the 78-year-old in an exclusive interview with WWN. “Seriously, I haven’t a clue what’s going on. Either does anyone else in my field. We keep proving stuff that never actually happened”.
“Our cover is blown, what can I say? He added.
Dr. Goswami’s comments came after yet another alleged breakthrough in quantum mechanics which claims the universe has existed forever, as opposed to being created by a ‘big bang’.
“Over the years there have been just a handful of us pretending to know something about the universe that no one else does,” he went on. “But this is all lies to feed the charade. I’ve had some great times during the years; travelling the world, and giving talks on our pretend finds”.
When asked how he got away with it for so long, he replied: “I found out a long time ago that everything can be proven with a mathematical equation. Now, I mean everything; from unicorns, fire-breathing dragons, God and even the G-spot. None of it is true. Me and the handful that know the truth have been riding the Quantum Physicist celebrity wave for quite some time now, but it must end – before someone gets hurt”…
It’s a spoof, of course. Although I only realised that about half way through.
But today I realised that, actually, I wouldn’t be too surprised if something like this turned out to be the truth of the matter. Which was why I almost believed it until I was half way through.
Quantum physics (which I don’t pretend to understand) just seems to produce more and more particles. Muons and quarks and leptons and stuff. And to my way of thinking, that means it’s getting more and more complicated, rather than simpler and simpler. And one of the last times when things got more and more complicated was when the Earth-centred Ptolemaic model of the solar system started to need more and more wheels within wheels to make it work. Things only got simpler again when the Earth-centred Ptolemaic model of the solar system was abandoned in favour of the Sun-centred Copernican model, with the planets moving in Keplerian ellipses around the Sun, and all the wheels within wheels vanished.
And then, a week or two back, some of these boffins said that maybe the Big Bang never happened. Since that’s been the reigning dogma for about the past 50 years, you have to wonder whether, if they were wrong about that, what else they might be wrong about.
We live in an era of bad science already. There’s all the junk healthist questionnaire-driven “science”. And there’s the equally suspect computer models and massaged data of climate “science”. What if it turns out that quantum physics had also got lost in some sort of wonderland, much like the Ptolemaic astronomers? If it happened once, it could happen again.
There are certainly quite a few people who believe that it did. In the book Quantum, by Manjit Kumar, a very readable account of the rise of quantum physics, it’s suggested that some of the early contributors to the field, like Albert Einstein and Erwin Schroedinger, ended up walking away from the new physics, and even wishing they’d done something else. And modern writers like the mathematician Claes Johnson argue that physics took a wrong turn when, 100 years ago, Max Planck resorted in desperation to using quantum units of energy to explain the phenomena.
I don’t know, of course. But that little spoof article somehow crystallised the thought that the quantum physicists had all got completely lost, and were getting more lost every year.