We are getting closer and closer to unifying quantum (micro) reality with our gravity-based “Einsteinian” macro reality. Are we?
I am well aware that as a non-physicist, I have no right to discuss quantum properties, because even trained physicists find quantum mechanics difficult. But what if quantum questions are difficult only for them? What if the two extremes (in size) of reality cannot be reduced to rational (or irrational, for that matter) numbers and equations? What if the irreducibility of matter instructs us to use tools that account for irreducibility?
Science can only rely on reduction, which is a twin brother of abandoned induction. Scientists induce in the form of a thesis. But if a scientific thesis cannot be deduced from observation and converted into finite (laws), then this induction (thesis) is discarded. Philosophy, unlike science, “knows” that reality is induced, that it emerges, and that it is irreducible. The principle of necessary reducibility of science prevents it from grasping reality, i.e. outside of reducibility. If the reality of quantum magnitude cannot be reduced to gravity, and if gravity cannot be quantized, then the science that does not emerge from the scientific method at least has the potential ability to “understand” it: philosophy.
So I am the right person to speculate about quantum reality and quantum laws in relation to human size and larger sizes, as in the post Quantum and Relativity laws influence on human size.
But from time to time, exact “scientific” science brings evidence that contradicts the accepted truth that quantum laws have no direct influence on the laws that govern human beings and human-sized reality.
The New Scientist article Fly sniffs molecule’s quantum vibrations extends the influence of quantum reality to the macro world of smell. The previous idea that different molecules trigger different odors must be abandoned after these findings. Rather, the same molecules with different quantum vibrations trigger different odors. The term “vibration” is not as self-evident as it seems. What I want to imply with this sentence is: when we say in everyday colloquial language that something or someone “vibrates” certain properties, in quantum language we are talking not only about quantum reality, but also about the reality we experience every day. Buddhism, for example, is a quantum state of mind – but at the same time deeply analogous in time-space relativity.
“Vibration” is not a New Age, poetic, romantic, religious, or anti-scientific notion of reality, but can be observed at human scale, even if scientific correctness does not accept it. Or better, orthodox science takes the cited article as a sniff or a slip in its otherwise solid monotheistic foundation.
And as I will try to prove in my dissertation on memetics, these same vibrations govern memes as quanta forming memetic fields, a theory that unites quantum properties with gravitational fields.
This is the third update of a post from 2012, partly abused in Homonism.