Re: QM vs. logic (was Re: virus: Fundamentals)

Dan Henry (
Wed, 24 Apr 1996 20:54:31 +0600

At 08:03 PM 4/24/96 -0700, C. David Noziglia wrote:
>David McFadzean wrote:
>> What is it about quantum mechanics that would lead you to this conclusion?
>> If you are referring to the wave/particle "paradox" isn't that just an
>> apparent contradiction? The QM theorists have noted that subatomic objects
>> behave like waves sometimes and particles sometimes but you have to
>> remember that waves and particles are actually huge collections of these
>> same subatomic objects and the fact that the part sometimes behaves like
>> the whole in certain respects should not lead us to give up rational
>> discourse.
>Wave/particle duality is exhibited in the behavior of a single quantum. And
>is the basis for QM. Reconciliation of contradictions has produced many of
>the most important advances in science and thought.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think you two aren't really disagreeing.
Except that David is pointing out that the wave/particle duality may not be
the contradiction we sometimes think it is. It is illogical to conclude
that quanta behave in a contradictory fashion, just because we can't
reconcile the macro behavior of billiard balls and ocean waves.

Dan Henry