There are several weird concepts in modern physics that contradict our commonsense and reasoning.
Amongst the most weird are-
Constant speed of light: This scientific superstition forms the basis of the theory of relativity. It preaches that light waves always travel with the same speed irrespective of the state of motion of the observer or the source.
Time dilation: time apparently runs slower for fast moving objects and near heavier bodies.
Curved space: Space is apparently bent or curved in the vicinity of heavy celestial bodies.
Quantum uncertainty: Things in the quantum microcosm (eg. a particle’s position, velocity, path, outcome of events etc) can’t be accurately known. This is not weird as long as we put this down to our ignorance and inability to study the ‘quantum world’ and don’t consider this ‘uncertainty’ as a fundamental property of the microcosm.
Feynman’s multiple histories: related to the quantum uncertainty, and proposes that an electron travels in multiple paths simultaneously
Extra dimensions, multiverses etc
These ‘scientific’ notions have sprung from complex mathematical models which are put forward to ‘cope’ with or explain certain experimental observations (? errors), rather than reasoning and logic.
But modern physicists argue that we can’t simply rely on our logical sense, because our perceived reality, which is the result of our brains interpretation of various things around us, may not represent the ultimate reality of the Universe. For example we see things like a chair or a tree because visible light rays from them interact with our retina from where signals are transmitted to the brain and it is our brain which interprets them and gives us the picture that we see. This picture could be an illusion created by our brain.
An alien looking at the same but whose brain/ retina can only process radio waves may not ‘see’ the same picture, so he may have a different understanding of the nature and ‘flow’ of things. They may feel that the earth is standing on the tree or our office comes to us rather than we go to the office. Their logic and sequence of reasoning may appear weird to our minds. So our physicists argue that we can’t swear upon our picture of the universe as representing the ultimate reality and so we can’t go by our logic.
For a moment, let’s accept their argument – Let’s believe that our picture of the universe could be an ‘illusion’ created by our neuronal network and that our logic and reasoning may lead us to wrong conclusions.
But then how could mathematical formulae and derivations, also the result of our brain’s activity, give us the correct picture of the universe or ultimate reality? and why scientists swear upon the weird mathematical predictions that contradict our logic and reasoning?
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