Lawn Chair Philosophy is so much more than a social service seeking to provide the Greater Philadelphia Area with quality philosophical resources to those demonstrating great need. Its phenomenological and metaphysical position potentially possesses the solution to dissolve fundamental issues plaguing quantum theory from its inception. Ms. Animal believes the solution currently exists in condensed form: as an abstract to a paper due in September, and as poems/essays/videos Ms. Animal has amassed over the past 7 years. She plans to spend the next few months finalizing her findings. Below is a copy of the abstract, a link to the original abstract with the proper citations, and pertinent links to poems past. If you believe in the power of LCP, please consider donating to Ms. Animal’s GoFundMe Campaign. She has had some terrible health luck, veritably rendering the paper writing process financially unviable.
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“Time in Suspension: Phenomenologically Constituted Quantum Theory Yields a Robust Reality, a Unifying Cosmology, and the Collapse of the Measurement Problem”
To ask or search I blame thee not, for heaven
Is as the book of God before thee set,
Wherein to read his wondrous works, and learn
His seasons, hours, or days, or months, or years;
This to attain, whether heaven move or earth,
Imports not if thou reckon right; the rest
From man or angel the great Architect
Did wisely to conceal, and not divulge
His secrets to be scann’d by them who aught
Rather admire; or if they list to try
Conjecture, he his fabric of the heavens
Hath left to their disputes, perhaps to move
His laughter at their quaint opinions wide
Hereafter, when they come to model heaven
And calculate the stars, how they will wield
The mighty frame, how build, unbuild, contrive
To save appearances, how gird the sphere
With centric and eccentric scribbled o’er,
Cycle and epicycle, orb in orb
What makes the enterprise of science so exciting is its promise of revelation. The real structures of Nature’s emergence, enticingly hidden just beyond our unaided perception, can be exposed and thoroughly known with the aiding light of proper inquiry and measure! So long as our “notions and axioms be derived from things by a more sure and guarded way,” as says Bacon, we may “penetrate into the inner and further recesses of nature.” We may reasonably expect to come to ever perfected, objective knowledge of what is the more we apply our scientific principles to the world around us. And with such knowledge, the human spirit may find culmination; becoming one in communion with its origins. But quantum physics, especially at the applied level of quantum mechanics, heralds a disruptive end to our naturalized covenant with physical ontology. Where once stood definite, non-contradicting properties now stand postulates of probability. Physical systems are no longer beholden strict causality, and we are no longer beholden strict reality as we measure. Schrodinger’s equations reflect this Fallenness, as his implementation of the wave function seeks to account for the totality of any given physical system necessarily composed of multiple possible values. While useful in making predictions, the assumed wave function reflects not reality as it is, but rather an anticlimactic approximation built upon mere models; leaving the human spirit wanting for substantive realization. In response, I believe we ought to follow Husserl’s call back to “things themselves,” and reevaluate the reality of Schrodinger’s wavefunction within the realm of phenomenological inner-time consciousness. From an Husserlian perspective, we not only gain a sense for the rich reality that quantum mechanics could provide us if it were phenomenologically constituted; we may also bring a sense of closure to some of the problems plaguing quantum theory from its very dawning. In steeping the context of Schrodinger’s equations in Husserl’s phenomenological inner-time consciousness, this paper will utilize Husserl’s concepts of simultaneity, eidetic essence, indexicality, embodiment, and the world horizon.
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Copyright Keli Birchfield 2019