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Problems and the Philosophy Inherent in Modern Physics
It is interesting to note that as we approach the close of the twentieth century that the state of physics is, IMHO, much worse off than it was at the same point last century. No, I don't mean we don't know more, clearly we do. But the advances in knowledge appears superficial, based upon "a reverse engineering" approach rather than a first principles attempt at understanding underlying principles. Now what do I mean by this, here are some examples:
These are all difficult questions. But, the community simply shrugs and says "it just is" or "it doesn't matter", we get by just fine without such answers, but do we?
I think it is this attitude, which I designate as a "modernist" after (Neil Bohr), that has resulted in the growing unhappiness that is driving the younger set to question/re-examine/re-access the very basis of this philosophy (which it clearly is). It is, with a straight face, very difficult to deny that there is something very physical about the state that we have come to call "empty space". So whether we call it space-time, zero point energy (ZPE), quantum foam, strings/superstrings, loop space, or (a)ether, there is something that can manifest it presence (which in it most basic form is energy). So here are my questions:
A nice discussion (not arguments) on these issues might prove useful.