We have been trying to catch up with the latest discoveries in mathematics and theoretical physics, and a provocative arxiv paper caught our attention (h/t: @infoecho). It is written by Gerard ‘t Hooft, who has done outstanding work in theoretical physics.
When investigating theories at the tiniest conceivable scales in nature, “quantum logic” is taking over from “classical logic” in the minds of almost all researchers today. Dissatisfied, the author investigated how one can look at things differently. This report is an overview of older material, but also contains many new observations and calculations. Quantum mechanics is looked upon as a tool, not as a theory. Examples are displayed of models that are classical in essence, but can be analysed by the use of quantum techniques, and we argue that even the Standard Model, together with gravitational interactions, may be viewed as a quantum mechanical approach to analyse a system that could be classical at its core. We then explain how these apparently heretic thoughts can be reconciled with Bell’s theorem and the usual objections voiced against the notion of ‘super determinism’. Our proposal would eradicate the collapse problem and the measurement problem.
We previously wrote about fractals and cellular automata (here and here), and are very interested in the topic. The paper linked above will be at the top of our must-read stack and we will comment again, if we make any progress in understanding it.