Epistemology  is concerned with the nature, sources and limits of knowledge. Epistemology is primarily concerned with propositional knowledge, or the knowledge that such-and-such is true, rather than other forms of knowledge, for example the, knowledge of how to such-and-such.  It questions what knowledge is and how it can be acquired, and the extent to which knowledge pertinent to any given subject or entity can be acquired. This aspect of the indeterminacy of knowledge has been emphasized to the fullest extent by Quantum Mechanics, whether this view is justified or not, is in the end, a matter of opinion.

When applied to the science of physics,  the study of knowledge and justified belief or epistemology, becomes particularly important because it clearly sets out the criteria needed to outline a proposition in physics.  The question that presents itself is in determining  what criteria fulfill the term ‘justified’  ? Does a mere unfounded  statement such as that formulated by Neils Bohr in the complementarity theory  that is today a fundamental principle of Quanutm Mechanics and which states that :

Light can be either a particle or a wave but can never possess both properties simultaneously.

be justified ? What is it that entitles light to this special status that without any supporting proof and with  plenty of proof to the contrary, Quantum Mechanics  seeks to establish the wave-particle exclusiveness of light as a  fundamental principle?

Thus as has been demonstrated  the term ‘propositional knowledge’ is  subject to different interpretations, particularly when it comes to how rigorously it should be applied and particularly in connection with the sub-atomic world on whether it applies or should be applied at all.

However, the problem of whether or not epistemological mores should be applied to the subject of physics whether on the macro or the sub-atomic level is not the central issue but the question of how or by whom it should be employed.   A subject when viewed through one perspective might appear absolutely unacceptable when viewed through another perspective.

 

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When undertaking the critique of an established school of thought, be it one dealing with science or with any other subject such as poetry, mathematics or literature, one of the criteria to be taken into account is the desirability of distancing oneself from the result and therefore of maintaining a neutral outlook. Thus,  it is not a question of ‘winning’ an argument for the sake of winning an argument at any cost or of establishing a point through improper or questionable means but of having always in mind a desire to establish the truth of any conclusion that is reached and to reach that conclusion through fair, equitable and well established means.

In this particular instance where a widely established and respected science such as ‘Quantum Mechanics’ is under discussion, it is more than ever necessary to endeavour to maintain a balanced and neutral approach to the facts at hand. Using this approach it will be possible to demonstrate that all is not as it appears in the science of  ‘quantum mechanics’.

Perhaps the greatest fault that can be found with Quantum Mechanics is that Quantum Mechanics is without doubt the biggest hoarder in scientific history! The person who never throws away a single newspaper and stacks them up till they fill every room to the ceiling has nothing on Quantum Mechanics! Yet even this process of hoarding is quite selective, anything, even the most outrageous notion that has once been associated with Quantum Mechanics, is enshrined and given unlimited legitimacy. In trying to accommodate all these esoteric ideas Quantum Mechanics has passed from being a science which explains physical phenomena to one that describes arcane philosophies that have little use for ‘reality’ but depend on complicated mathematical constructions to explain the world and the Universe. The point here is to decide what is acceptable to reason and what is not.

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From this point of view many of the problems arising out of Quantum Mechanics is because it is an outdated and archaic science based on ideas put forward as solutions to problems that are almost a century old, many of which have since been satisfactorily solved using modern day technology. One of the by-products of using arcane and esoteric solutions, mathematical or otherwise, as a substitute for quantifiable empirical solutions as Quantum Mechanics has done, is that it results in an accretion of proliferating errors that soon cloud the very issues that an attempt is being made to explain or resolve. It also leads to a bloated theory.

The root of the problem as was hinted at the beginning of this article lies in the perspective from which this problem is viewed. From the point of view of natural philosophers such as Newton, Descartes, Faraday and even Einstein and Henri Lorentz, the preferable approach is to Identify the problem, Isolate the problem, Investigate the problem and then to think of a new approach that will fit the criteria of the problem that had been identified, resulting in a Solution. The same problem when viewed from the view of mathematical statisticians becomes a question of the more the merrier, thus the more points of reference that are available the greater are the chances of reaching a statistically acceptable resolution of the problem.

Thus the approach of Quantum Mechanics to physics has not focused on finding solutions but rather on identifying statistical probabilities resulting from the amassing of data.

From the point of view of Newton, or Descartes or any of the other Natural Philosophers who based their work on ’empirical’ analysis, the quantum mechanics approach of piling theory upon theory appears not only ludicrous but highly detrimental as also the mathematical devices and methods used. While for statisticians, which is what proponents of Quantum Mechanics  are, the problem though involved is capable of being interpreted through statistical probabilities. Take for instance the subject of the propagation of light. Quantum Mechanics has adopted wholesale the theory on the propagation of light proposed by the Danish philosopher Huygens. From Huygens are taken the basic Quantum Mechanics methods of ‘perturbation’, ‘hilbert spaces’ and an ‘isotropic medium’. So far so good, although from a purely common sense point of view, this theory is highly suspect from its inception because quantum mechanics is as its name implies, essentially a particle or ‘quantum’ theory.  But if the proponents of Quantum Mechanics do not see the need for seeking for new approaches or solutions, they do not have the same objection to using new justifications for continuing on the course that has been decided, in this case the justification for continuing to support existing, purely  wave based theories on the propagation of light, was the wave particle duality, where both wave and particle views were acceptable. To paraphrase Mohammed Ali who floated like a butterfly and stang like a bee, light propagated like a wave and arrived as a particle!    On top of Huygen’s theory of wave propagation is superimposed, Maxwell’s theory on the propagation of electromagnetic radiation, with its concept of fluctuating electric and magnetic fields. Maxwell’s theory is also exclusively a wave theory and almost impossible to adapt to a particle theory. Although if this point is raised proponents of Quantum Mechanics will point out that Maxwell’s theory has been ‘perfectly’ adapted to particle theory.

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So far so good.  But ON TOP of this amalgamation of theories is once again super-imposed Schrodinger’s wave equation, which is one of the cornerstones of Quantum Mechanics, the fact that Schrodinger’s Wave theory requires 276 dimensions,  dimension like length, breadth, height and time only referring to completely new and understandably unexplainable dimensions, not degrees of freedom like the space between the tip of the nose and the upper lip as used in facial recognition software, is for the mathematicians and statisticians of Quantum Mechanics of little importance. Statistically speaking it is just a blip on the horizon. Yet the Quantum Mechanics theory on the propagation of light is not yet over,  for on top of this seemingly crazy amalgamation (not crazy to a mathematical statistician)  of particle and wave theories is put the capstone of Planck’s theory on the discrete nature of radiation or the ‘quantum’.  Yet after ‘successfully ‘  incorporating all of the foregoing theories mathematically into one immense theory on the propagation of light,  this final obstacle posed only a small problem and was solved by the introduction of  first, second and third quantization or as many quantisations as were needed. ‘Quantisation’ is the method by which errors amounting to 10^12 are written off and brought back to zero so that calculations can start again!
Thus instead of searching for new solutions to the problem of light seeming to posses both wave and particle properties, Quantum Mechanics just heaps theory upon theory and conjecture upon conjecture  in the hope that something has got to give ‘Statistically’ somewhere.

At this point it is necessary to emphasise that the achievements of Quantum mechanics when based, not on philosophy or conjecture but on empirical evidence , are of the highest order.  The work done on  subjects like the atomic structure, and atomic spectra in the lyman, rydberg and balmer series and in measuring the mass, charge and radius (classical) of the electron, proton, the discovery of the neutron and other fundamental particles  and the properties of the photon are unsurpassed in science as to brilliance and veracity. It is only when Quantum Mechanics  ventures onto the less than solid ground of the wave-particle duality that the huge accretions and mass of unsupported conjecture, passed off as fact are seen.  It should also be stated that the work of Walter Heisenberg, especially his uncertainty principle has added immeasurably to our understanding of the sub-atomic world. This might seem to be a contradictory statement but one must consider that the same philosophical conjectures were first advanced by Immanuel Kant almost a Century earlier, together with the fact that it is reasonable and logical to assume that there are some interactions at the sub-atomic level of which we can never be totally cognizant.  In any event regardless of the magnificent achievements of Quantum Mechanics in other fields, the fact remains that on the subject of the propagation of light, the propagation of an electric current, the propagation and formation of radio –waves and a plethora of related subjects Quantum Mechanics has been a dismal failure.

Thus instead of searching for new solutions to the problem of light seeming to posses both wave and particle properties, Quantum Mechanics just heaps theory upon theory and conjecture upon conjecture in the hope that something has got to give ‘Statistically’ somewhere.

In the end it is just a question of perspective.

Gestalt Aether theory offers an almost painfully simple explanation of the propagation of light and related phenomena, but when considering this, due notice should be taken of the fact that nature itself is not all that complicated, the whole of the wide Universe is composed of only a hundred or so elements and all of the varied and complicated life forms on earth are a result of the code resulting from combinations of only four different amino acids.

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