Making Sense of the Quantum Revolution

I realize that many modern magicians look to quantum theory for possible scientific descriptions about how their experiences with thaumaturgy might function objectively. Ergo, the recently published book, Helgoland: Making Sense of the Quantum Revolution by Carlo Rovelli, which lays out a new perspective on quantum theory might be of interest to y’all. The New York Times Book Review says:

“Instead, in ‘Helgoland’ Rovelli explains his “relational” interpretation, in which an electron, say, has properties only when it interacts with something else. When it’s not interacting, the electron is devoid of physical properties: no position, no velocity, no trajectory. Even more radical is Rovelli’s claim that the electron’s properties are real only for the object it’s interacting with and not for other objects. ‘The world fractures into a play of points of view that do not admit of a univocal, global vision,’ Rovelli writes. Or, as he puts it, ‘Facts are relative.’ It’s a dramatic denunciation of physics as a discipline that provides an objective, third-person description of reality.

“This perspective blurs the distinction between mental and physical phenomena. Both are ‘products of interactions between parts of the physical world,’ Rovelli says. In arguing that the mind is itself the outcome of a complex web of interactions, Rovelli takes on dualists who distinguish between the mental and the physical and naïve materialists who say that everything begins with particles of matter with well-defined properties.”

read the whole thing:

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