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Robert McEachern: on 5/7/22 at 13:59pm UTC, wrote Here are some further insights into the nature of Shannon's "Information"...

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Robert H McEachern wrote on Apr. 3, 2022 @ 19:02 GMT
"The problem is, quantum mechanics has some notoriously fuzzy features, like an uncertainty principle that prevents you knowing everything about a particle at the same time. These seem to put it at odds with our everyday experience of a concrete, definite reality."

It is Shannon's Capacity, not small physical size, that "prevents you knowing everything about a particle at the same time", even in "our everyday experience". The real problem is, that in "our everyday experience", you will rarely ever encounter any objects with a severely limited Shannon Capacity - until you deliberately construct them; just as you will rarely encounter highly unstable isotopes, until after you construct them.

It is easy to show that the uncertainty principle corresponds precisely to a Shannon Capacity of exactly one bit of "information", corresponding to either an "up" or a "down" observable state.

If you take the trouble to actually construct, and then attempt to "observe", classical entities, that manifest only one single bit of Shannon's "information" (rather different than any physicist's conception of "information"), you will find that those entities behave just like quantum particles.

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Robert H McEachern wrote on May. 7, 2022 @ 13:59 GMT
Here are some further insights into the nature of Shannon's "Information" and hence, into the nature of the problems within, fundamental physics.

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