Monday, December 21, 2015

Is empirical testing of string theory possible?

Conference at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich

String theory considers particles as energy vibrations, occurring within microdimensional space, so small that empirical testing is a technical impossibility. Since the experimental testing of ideas is considered an essential requirement in science, string theory, the elegant and promising idea in theoretical physics is in a serious limbo. String theory and other, highly philosophical proposals became hotly debated in physics because their wildly speculative nature is reminiscent of pseudoscience. Nevertheless, string theory's proponents are fully convinced by its beauty or logically compelling nature. Einstein probably would approve of such a mathematically elegant theory. As he said in 1933, “I hold it true that pure thought can grasp reality, as the ancients dreamed.” However, such speculative ideas can easily spiral out of control into truly bizarre notions, such as the possibility of multiverses, or wormhole travel.

If the characteristics of string theory were true for the mind, then string theory could be easily tested. A hypothesis detailed the book, The Science of Consciousness, considers the mind a symmetric structure to material fermions, complete with a microdimensional space of string theory. All aspects of elementary particles thus play out in the mental complexity formed by the neuronal connections of a biological system. Some of these phenomena include the Pauli exclusion principle, Heisenberg uncertainty principle, emotional fluorescence, emotional hysteresis, and emotional fever. Surprisingly, several aspects of the mental operation, such as semantics, obeys the laws of quantum mechanics. For example, in quantum entanglement observation on one part of the system instantaneously affects the state in another part of the system, even if the respective systems are separated by space-like distances. In emotional fermions, the same phenomenon transpires over conceptual distance, or over time. Entanglement entails a common wave function, which cannot be decomposed as separate subsystems. For example, in word association experiments entanglement activates associative target words simultaneously and the semantics of concept combinations can be modeled by quantum theory. The contextual nature of cognition leads to unintuitive word associations (analog to ‘spooky action at a distance’ during entanglement), or conceptual resistance of ambiguous situations (such as the Necker cube).

This new physical worldview explains psychological phenomena, mental problems and normal mental operation based on physical foundation, is detailed in the book, 'The Science of Consciousness.' Find your copy on  Amazon
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