**Quantum
Mechanics **

__Overview__

I felt
somewhat compelled to write this little ditty due to my somewhat irritating
frustration of the prevalence of so much misunderstanding and nonsense
associated with Quantum Mechanics.

It is
quite clear that, although there are innumerable higher/better qualified
Quantum Mechanics than yours truly, many of them simply fail to understand that
the waffle descriptions that they use to "explain" Quantum Mechanics
is trivially contradictory to the accepted and indisputable Quantum
Mechanics/Mathematics that they presumably accept without question.

I am by
no means the only one to notice this stunning state of affairs. For example, Luboš Motl presents extremely clear
technical explanations as to why/how Quantum Mechanics is systematically
misunderstood. Unfortunately, one can argue that this presentation with regard
to other qualities is less than stellar.

__The
Problem__

A BBC2
episode of Horizon “What Universe Are We In” 2015, illustrates the problem.
Professor Seth Lloyd PhD., in explaining the double slit experiment produces
the usual standard twaddle “the electron went through both slits at once”.

Unfortunately,
such a statement is indisputable false, according to accepted standard Quantum
Mechanics. The fundamental issue is that there is a general refusal to accept
that the universe is subject to Quantum Mechanics, not Classical Mechanics. It
is a “new” result or axiom that stands on its own and can not, in principle, be
“explained” by any type of classical reasoning. For example, …well if the
particle did this, to account for that… it must do this…

If this classical
type of argument is applied to the double slit experiment, the apparent result
is a result that contradicts the axioms of Quantum Mechanics. The basic
mathematics of Quantum Mechanics is settled, irrespective of any ad-hoc
metaphysical interpretations to the mathematics. Quantum Mechanics states that
the result of any measurement, i.e. a true physical fact, is that a measurement
can only result in a single eigenvalue. Applying the rules of Quantum
Mechanics, unequivocally states that the probability of a particle being
measured, i.e. a true physical fact, to have, say, both spin up and spin down
simultaneously is *zero*. This means, absolutely, that if Quantum
Mechanics is correct, a particle can not be in two locations at the same time.
Period.

This is
so simple and obvious, that I would guess that most would be going, wow…if it
is so trivial under the standard rules of Quantum Mechanics, that two at once
is a no no, why do so many “experts” tout all this metaphysical claptrap? One
can only conjecture…

So,
rather than the typical waffle of “…this
physical explanation of the two slit experiment proves that a particle can be
in two places at once” the argument, essentially, is an argument that *proves*
that classical mechanics is false.
Quantum Mechanics gives the correct answers, Classical Mechanics does not. It’s
that simple.

I would
refer the reader to Luboš Motl for the detailed mathematics.

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