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Author Ronald Racicot wrote on Feb. 17, 2017 @ 20:42 GMT
Essay Abstract

In seeking answers to some of life’s greatest questions regarding Why, How and Purpose, I’ve narrowed my search and studies in this essay to the How question, concentrating on what science and mathematics might reveal. This has led me to asking two basic questions: (1) Can our universe be scientifically described and defined as a “Design? and (2) How does quantum theory fit into a designed universe? If all of the laws of nature are fixed throughout all of time and space, then our universe might very well be hypothesized to be a design, more specifically, a stochastic process design. Present day quantum theory, however, doesn’t fit into a classical design mold because the laws that control quantum processes require what I consider to be “magical” non-classical phenomena. I propose a new physical model for quantum particles that both follows classical laws and requires no weird phenomena and at the same time satisfies test data.

Author Bio

I am currently retired. I received BS degrees in engineering mathematics and chemical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1960 and MS and PhD degrees in engineering mechanics from Case Western Reserve University in 1969. I have worked as a scientist and engineer for over 45 years in the general field of engineering mechanics with emphasis on probability and statistics, stochastic processes, control theory and robotics. Much of my work involved the application of probability and stochastic theory to practical engineering problems.

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Satyavarapu Naga Parameswara Gupta wrote on Feb. 18, 2017 @ 01:14 GMT
Dear Ronald Racicot,

Good essay on Stochastic processes…

Your words….” How does Quantum Theory fit into a Designed Universe? One possible answer that interests me is that natural variations and probabilistic outcomes observed everywhere within our universe all stem directly from how quantum particles interact with each other and with other objects and forces. The probabilistic...

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Author Ronald Racicot replied on Feb. 19, 2017 @ 20:51 GMT
Dear SNP. Gupta,

Thanks for your kind words.

Another quote of Charles Darwin: “I am inclined to look at everything as resulting from designed laws, with the details whether good or bad, left to the working out of what we may call chance.”

To me, Darwin seems to describe evolution itself to be a “stochastic process design.” The only clarification that I personally...

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Joe Fisher wrote on Feb. 19, 2017 @ 15:41 GMT
Dear Dr. Racicot,

Please excuse me for I have no intention of disparaging in any way any part of your essay.

I merely wish to point out that “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955) Physicist & Nobel Laureate.”

Only nature could produce a reality so simple, a single cell amoeba could deal with it.

The real...

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Paul N Butler wrote on Feb. 19, 2017 @ 22:58 GMT
Dear Ronald,

I find it good that you understand that most things that many consider to be random chance happenings because they cannot predict the actual outcome that will occur are often the result of unknown variable structural actions that when involved in interactions with other similar entities can yield one of a certain number of specific outcome results with a specific probability of...

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Author Ronald Racicot replied on Feb. 23, 2017 @ 15:48 GMT
Dear Paul N. Butler;

Thank you for your thoughts and ideas.

I have to admit that it’s difficult for me to fully understand your terminology and how your ideas mesh with current quantum mechanics terminology and theories.

You seem to be suggesting that the internal structure and dynamics of any given quantum particle is completely deterministic and that if one could know the position and relationship of all of the internal building blocks of such a particle, then the results of interactions with other knowable particles would be completely deterministic, predictable and even controllable, perhaps. This is a fascinating idea! Schrodinger’s wave equation probability theory could then be replaced with a new deterministic theory.

For the time being, I can’t see beyond quantum particle interactions being probabilistic as the wave equation implies.

I look forward to reading more about your findings and ideas.

Ron Racicot

Paul N Butler replied on Feb. 24, 2017 @ 20:13 GMT
Dear Ronald,

You are welcome.

Although I tried to stay with current terminology as much as possible, some things, such as the sub-energy particles that make up the structures of fields are generally not currently known by man, so I had to generate a name for them. Many years ago, when particle interaction data showed that matter particles could be changed into energy photons and...

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Gary D. Simpson wrote on Feb. 26, 2017 @ 23:12 GMT

It's good to see another engineer in the contest!

Stochastic methods are an interesting way of approaching this problem. A normal distribution is defined by both an average value and a standard of deviation ... so presumably you must use values for both in your models.

The original experiment that demonstrated electron spin was the Stern-Gerlach experiment from ~1922. Neutral silver atoms were heated in a furnace and passed through a non-uniform magnetic field. The result was a separation of the beam of neutral atoms into two parts. The spin that is presented by this experiment in not analogous to angular momentum. It is the result of the outermost electron shell having only a single electron and those electrons can then randomly be either up spin or down spin. As a result, I am thinking your spin analysis might not be applicable to electron spin.

The photon equivalent of the SG experiment is pretty much how you describe it.

Are you familiar with Bell's Theorem and Bell's Inequality? If so, how does your stochastic model compare?

Does the stochastic model make any testable predictions that differ from those made by QM?

Best Regards and Good Luck,

Gary Simpson

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Author Ronald Racicot replied on Mar. 1, 2017 @ 19:10 GMT
Dear Gary Simpson.

Thank you for your post and for your insightful comments and questions. You clearly have background and knowledge in the field of quantum theory and physics of quantum particles. I can also see from your own essay that you have extensive mathematical skills and understanding. I also see that you’ve read and that you understand the gist of my essay. Your questions...

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Gary D. Simpson replied on Mar. 2, 2017 @ 01:18 GMT

Many thanks for the extensive reply and explanation. You correlation with the EPR experiment is VERY interesting.

I suggest that you should read and comment upon Dr. Klingman's essay. He is very knowledgeable regarding spin and all the various experimental methods associated with it. His essay this year does not pertain to spin, but if you mention that you have a stochastic model and can match EPR results, he will be keenly interested.

Feel free to visit my forum if you wish.

Best Regards and Good Luck,

Gary Simpson

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Edwin Eugene Klingman wrote on Mar. 8, 2017 @ 23:08 GMT
Dear Ronald Racicot,

I enjoyed your essay, and applaud your support of common sense. As you know, arguing against the Quantum Credo bears some resemblance to banging one's head against the wall. The belief is that the classical world arises (somehow) from the quantum world, so if you have a classical model it's a hard sell. Nevertheless you reject the mystique and magic built-in to...

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Don Limuti replied on Mar. 10, 2017 @ 00:12 GMT
Hi Ronald,

You have created a thoughtful essay that questions the foundations of quantum mechanics. This is an important thing to do .... particular when the emperor has no clothes.

My own work questions the concept that particles must exist continuously. The concept of superposition is stupid. Heisenberg's concept of uncertainty is silly and Schroedinger's wave equation compounds the silliness.

Yet current QM kinda works, and physicists hold on to it via peer reviewers who need to hold onto things that kinda work instead of questioning quantum mechanics history and foundations.

Check out my website

And thanks for your paper and contribution to a better theory,

Don Limuti

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Willy K wrote on Mar. 22, 2017 @ 08:52 GMT
Dear Racicot

I only wish that I could do similarly stellar work when I am your age. In explaining ‘quantum entanglement’ as a purely physical phenomenon and not ‘spooky action at a distance’, you shoot for a high bar with quite a bit of panache. I am inclined to look at your explanation with a kindly eye because I too have trouble internalizing the quantum world that is described by modern physics as real. I tend to think of it as mathematically accurate observations which we have not been able to interpret properly as of yet. I rate this highly since you make a very courageous attempt. Hats off to you.

Warm regards, Willy

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