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Physicists Are Closing the Bell Test Loophole. There might be no getting around what Albert Einstein called “spooky action at a distance.”

Physicists Are Closing the Bell Test Loophole

With an experiment described today in Physical Review Letters — a feat that involved harnessing starlight to control measurements of particles shot between buildings in Vienna — some of the world’s leading cosmologists and quantum physicists are closing the door on an intriguing alternative to “quantum entanglement.” “Technically, this experiment is truly impressive,” said Nicolas Gisin, a quantum physicist at the University of Geneva who has studied this loophole around entanglement. According to standard quantum theory, particles have no definite states, only relative probabilities of being one thing or another — at least, until they are measured, when they seem to suddenly roll the dice and jump into formation. In 1964, the Northern Irish physicist John Bell found a way to put this paradoxical notion to the test. Theconversation.

The world of quantum mechanics is weird.


Objects that are far apart can influence each other in what Albert Einstein called “spooky action at a distance”, and cats can potentially be dead and alive at the same time. For decades, scientists have tried to prove that these effects are not just mathematical quirks, but real properties of the physical world. And they are getting somewhere. Researchers have finally proven in a new study that the link between particles at a distance reflects how the universe behaves, rather than being an experimental artefact. Quantum physics meets genetic engineering: Researchers use engineered viruses to provide quantum-based enhancement of energy transport. Nature has had billions of years to perfect photosynthesis, which directly or indirectly supports virtually all life on Earth.

Quantum physics meets genetic engineering: Researchers use engineered viruses to provide quantum-based enhancement of energy transport

In that time, the process has achieved almost 100 percent efficiency in transporting the energy of sunlight from receptors to reaction centers where it can be harnessed -- a performance vastly better than even the best solar cells. One way plants achieve this efficiency is by making use of the exotic effects of quantum mechanics -- effects sometimes known as "quantum weirdness. " These effects, which include the ability of a particle to exist in more than one place at a time, have now been used by engineers at MIT to achieve a significant efficiency boost in a light-harvesting system. Surprisingly, the MIT researchers achieved this new approach to solar energy not with high-tech materials or microchips -- but by using genetically engineered viruses. That's where the virus comes in. Quantum-cognition-could-predict-irrational-human-behaviour. People’s behaviour seems irrational but is governed by quantum principles.


The brain may behave like a quantum computer to help us cope with the complexities of life, a new theory argues. Quantum cognition may help explain why people’s behaviour can often seem so irrational. Dr Zheng Joyce Wang, one of the study’s authors, said: “We have accumulated so many paradoxical findings in the field of cognition, and especially in decision-making.Whenever something comes up that isn’t consistent with classical theories, we often label it as ‘irrational.’But from the perspective of quantum cognition, some findings aren’t irrational any more.They’re consistent with quantum theory — and with how people really behave.” Some researchers are focusing on the idea that the brain is a kind of quantum computer. Dr Wang and others, though, are taking a different approach. They want to test whether the way people think has some similar patterns to those found in quantum mechanics. Dr Wang explained: Einstein’s Parable of Quantum Insanity. “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

Einstein’s Parable of Quantum Insanity

That witticism — I’ll call it “Einstein Insanity” — is usually attributed to Albert Einstein. Though the Matthew effect may be operating here, it is undeniably the sort of clever, memorable one-liner that Einstein often tossed off. And I’m happy to give him the credit, because doing so takes us in interesting directions. First of all, note that what Einstein describes as insanity is, according to quantum theory, the way the world actually works. In quantum mechanics you can do the same thing many times and get different results. World's first magnetic "wormhole" produces magnetic monopole. Is Our Universe a Fake? Robert Lawrence Kuhn is the creator, writer and host of "Closer to Truth," a public television and multimedia program that features the world's leading thinkers exploring humanity's deepest questions.

Is Our Universe a Fake?

Some physicists believe we're living in a giant hologram — and it's not that far-fetched. (TU Wien) Some physicists actually believe that the universe we live in might be a hologram.

Some physicists believe we're living in a giant hologram — and it's not that far-fetched

The idea isn't that the universe is some sort of fake simulation out of The Matrix, but rather that even though we appear to live in a three-dimensional universe, it might only have two dimensions. It's called the holographic principle. The thinking goes like this: Some distant two-dimensional surface contains all the data needed to fully describe our world — and much like in a hologram, this data is projected to appear in three dimensions. Like the characters on a TV screen, we live on a flat surface that happens to look like it has depth.

The laws of physics seem to make more sense when written in two dimensions than in three. Scientists calculate the diffraction of light with quantum physics. The illustration shows the diffraction of light.

Scientists calculate the diffraction of light with quantum physics

The light comes from the light source on the right and is on the way to Earth (left). Between Earth and the light source is a large heavenly body, which causes the light to diffract its route towards the Earth. The orange arrows show where the light source is most likely located (seen from the Earth) while the white arrows show where the light source actually is. New quantum mechanics theory says parallel universes exist, interact. Published time: November 04, 2014 20:16 Reuters/NRAO To the average person, quantum mechanics is the convoluted, science fiction-y branch of physics.

New quantum mechanics theory says parallel universes exist, interact

Zuse's Thesis - Zuse hypothesis - Algorithmic Theory of Everything - Digital Physics, Rechnender Raum (Computing Space, Computing Cosmos) - Computable Universe - The Universe is a Computer - Theory of Everything. Konrad Zuse (1910-1995; pronounce: "Conrud Tsoosay") not only built the first programmable computers (1935-1941) and devised the first higher-level programming language (1945), but also was the first to suggest (in 1967) that the entire universe is being computed on a computer, possibly a cellular automaton (CA).

Zuse's Thesis - Zuse hypothesis - Algorithmic Theory of Everything - Digital Physics, Rechnender Raum (Computing Space, Computing Cosmos) - Computable Universe - The Universe is a Computer - Theory of Everything

He referred to this as "Rechnender Raum" or Computing Space or Computing Cosmos. Many years later similar ideas were also published / popularized / extended by Edward Fredkin (1980s), Jürgen Schmidhuber (1990s - see overview), and more recently Stephen Wolfram (2002) (see comments and Edwin Clark's review page ). Quantum mechanics and scientific realism. By Quentin Ruyant One of the main tasks of philosophy is to clarify conceptual problems and sketch the landscape of possible solutions to these problems. Of course, individual philosophers often tend to defend specific positions, but what emerges at the level of the community is, generally, a landscape of possibilities. Take, for example, the question of scientific realism: what is the status of scientific theories? Should they be interpreted as literal descriptions of reality?

Or are they rather predictive instruments, tools for interacting with reality? Metaphysical question: does nature, the object of scientific inquiry, exist independently of our conception and observations of it? Simulations back up theory that Universe is a hologram. Artist's impression by Markus Gann/Shutterstock At a black hole, Albert Einstein's theory of gravity apparently clashes with quantum physics, but that conflict could be solved if the Universe were a holographic projection. A team of physicists has provided some of the clearest evidence yet that our Universe could be just one big projection.

Bohm's Gnosis: The Implicate Order. The Cosmic Plenum: Bohm's Gnosis: The Implicate Order This article discusses the vision David Bohm intuited from his insight (gnosis) into the quantum world. Midwest Real Podcast #058 Everything is Sound with Alexandre Tannous, Michael Phillip. “The universe is a symphony of vibrating strings… We are nothing but melodies, we are nothing but cosmic music played out on vibrating strings and membranes.” -Michio Kaku Alexandre Tannous is one of those guys whose insight just continually surprises you. Phys. Rev. X 4, 041013 (2014) - Quantum Phenomena Modeled by Interactions between Many Classical Worlds. We investigate whether quantum theory can be understood as the continuum limit of a mechanical theory, in which there is a huge, but finite, number of classical “worlds,” and quantum effects arise solely from a universal interaction between these worlds, without reference to any wave function.

Here, a “world” means an entire universe with well-defined properties, determined by the classical configuration of its particles and fields. An infinite multiverse: a bad idea or inescapable? Do Parallel Worlds Interact with One Another? The Engineer posted on October 31, 2014 | Comment | 792 views. Researchers achieve long-distance light to matter quantum teleportation. New Time Travel Simulation May Resolve 'Grandfather Paradox' On June 28, 2009, the world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking threw a party at the University of Cambridge, complete with balloons, hors d'oeuvres and iced champagne.

Everyone was invited but no one showed up. Fermilab experiment will attempt to answer whether we actually live in "the Matrix" Scientists introduce new cosmic connectivity: Quantum pigeonhole paradox. In the 20th century, two revolutions in physics shook the world. One of them was relativity, discovered by Einstein. Wormhole Photon Time Travel - Casimir Energy, Messages. Best Explanation of Quantum Field Theory That You Will Ever Hear, Provided by Sean Carroll in Less than 2 Minutes at the 46th Annual Fermilab Users Meeting. The Sacred, Spherical Cows of Physics - Issue 13: Symmetry.

Early in their training, many physics students come across the idea of spherical cows. Discovery of Quantum Vibrations in 'Microtubules' Inside Brain Neurons Supports Controversial Theory of Consciousness. How To Change The Past. Predicting the unpredictable: Critical analysis and practical implications of predictive anticipatory activity. 1Department of Psychology, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA2Dipartimento di Psicologia Generale, Universita di Padova, Padova, Italy3Department of Statistics, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA, USA4Samueli Institute, Alexandria, VA, USA5Consciousness Research Laboratory, Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, CA, USA A recent meta-analysis of experiments from seven independent laboratories (n = 26) indicates that the human body can apparently detect randomly delivered stimuli occurring 1–10 s in the future (Mossbridge et al., 2012).

The key observation in these studies is that human physiology appears to be able to distinguish between unpredictable dichotomous future stimuli, such as emotional vs. neutral images or sound vs. silence. Scientific Research Suggests We Unconsciously React to Events Up to 10 Seconds Before They Happen. The Quantum Mechanics of Fate - Issue 9: Time. #3 Parallel Worlds exist and will soon be testable, expert says. Is Earth Weighed Down By Dark Matter, Or Internet? Quantum black hole study opens bridge to another universe. Simulations back up theory that Universe is a hologram. Is The Universe A Hologram? Physicists Say It's Possible. Is there an evil, goateed version of you somewhere in the multiverse?

If this theory is correct, we may live in a web of alternate timelines. Weird Quantum Tunneling Enables 'Impossible' Space Chemistry. Time Travel: Which paradox comes most close to support the possibility of Time Travel. Time Travel: What is the most mind boggling example of a time travel paradox.

The True Science of Parallel Universes. Quantum Puzzles: Funny Things Happen When Space And Time Vanish : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture. Researcher teleports with a kitten. Vortex to another dimension reported in Brighton. Nothing to see: The man who made a Majorana particle - opinion - 13 May 2013. Entropy law linked to intelligence, say researchers. Back to the Future 2 – Here We Come. Scientists await new worlds as CERN collider is refitted. So you think YOU'RE confused about quantum mechanics? Breaking the Speed of (Light) Thought. Controversial quantum computer aces entanglement tests - physics-math - 08 March 2013.

Quantum "spooky action at a distance" travels at least 10,000 times faster than light. Weird Science (Part 2) Weird Science. Wormhole. Einstein to shed light on black holes. Physicists May Have Evidence Universe Is A Computer Simulation.

Northwestern University & the Psi’ence of Presentiment. Supersolidity loses its luster.