Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Open letter to profs Netta Engelhardt and Geoff Pennington

I’m with Einstein

Haaretz always has excellent science articles. This time, it reports that an Israeli physicist, a woman, no less, spearheaded a team effort to calculate until they found an overlap between Quantum Mechanics and Relativity. They outdid Stephen Hawking and Einstein in one go.

Fortunately, I never grasp any of it. Way over my yarmulke/black hat.

When you burn a match, information disappears. When someone dies, a lot of information disappears. Get over it already.

Just like over time, new information appears. Except for true Prophets. We’re probably not. Get over it already.

Their remark that theoretically, no information (dis)appears is just that: in keeping with their theory. A theory blind to the arrow/test of time. Duh.

The absence of the arrow of time in some math does not mean that nature is mysterious for having it. Rather, the symmetry of a timeless math model does not always properly describe reality. Such a map is not the territory.

This prof is 10 times smarter than me and 1000 times better informed, but fails to see that when you apply timeless math, of course, you’ll arrive at ideas that fit QM and math where they are blind to the arrow of time; a problem classical Greek culture already had 1000s of years ago. It couldn’t even grasp Shabbat (holiness in time). Nice to write that on Hanukkah.

Those Greeks have no direct influence anymore. But the West still holds their outlook on life in the highest esteem. And via Christian thought, their worldview lives on and transmitted itself into Western Science. And that includes a denial of the sublunar, gray (see Fuzzy Logic), and Free Will.

Christianity is more Hellenistic. It lives in the brain. Jews are more realistic. Down-to-earth. It took a Jew (Einstein) to maintain that the arrow of time cannot be trashed. And yet, she turns. In this case: he turns, in his grave.

The prof ‘explains’ her claim as counter-intuitive. Like much of QM. That still doesn’t mean it is an idea properly describing anything in the Cosmos.

What would make me more curious would be a new approach that would explain (away?) Dark Matter. I don’t think Physics is anywhere near that.

What do you think?

My newest enigma is this. How can anti-Zionist Haaretz be so nationalistic to credit Israel-born prof Engelhardt and not US prof Pennington who, it writes in passing, independently came to the same conclusions (in 2019)?

[BTW: Prof Pennington makes a regular physicist mistake (video, 8:42) calling submicroscopic microscopic. Did he ever use a microscope?]

Science never sits still. It’s finding new states of the physical universe and it suggests special protection making life in our solar system possible. Wow.

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MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 1400 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". 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