I have just finished reading in the LinkedIn forum on theoretical physics 71 comments on a question posed by a member, “What are the greatest unsolved problems in theoretical physics?” Almost without exception the comments and responses focus on identifying the chinks in the so-called standard model and its variants – and on the unresolved conflicts between relativity and quantum theories.
The truly greatest unsolved problem is how to return physics to the study of reality.
It seems that every time this question is raised, the rote response is, “Oh, you are stuck in a classical mindset! We have gone beyond that.” Well, yes! It is true that most of modern physics has moved into a twilight zone where its conclusions are conflated with misunderstood assumptions about things that belong in 19th century philosophy, like what can we know? and how does human consciousness affect the real world? and the like. Theoretical physics in the “quantum” age has clearly abandoned reason and logic and has embraced magic and mysticism and has actually written mathematical equations to explain these untestable assertions. And then it tells us, “We don’t have to explain these apparent contradictions and paradoxes because we’ve rewritten the language so those no longer appear in our lexicon.” This is like the “Historians” in “1984” going back and removing unwanted stories from historical documents .In this case it’s as if, “There’s no longer a word for it, so it doesn’t exist!”
Physics is in desperate need of resubstantiation. Einstein and Bohr are both responsible for starting us down this mistaken path to unreality. Einstein abandoned reality when he made 2 unreal entities, space and time, into the heart of his most famous theory. Bohr did the same in embracing a totally invented concept, wavefunction, to explain that the universe is made up of only “appearances,” particles when we want them to be particles, waves when we want them to be waves.
At one point in the above referenced discussion, Zeno’s Paradox is invoked to further explain this logicless logic. Zeno’s Paradox is nothing more than a mathematical word game, as are both relativity and most of quantum theory. When modern physics books and other writings spend half their time discussing how “observation” affects reality and on the impact of “consciousness” and “free will” on those “observations”, you know we’ve lost our minds and our connections to the physical world. We need to step back and start over.