Complementarity Beyond Physics: Niels Bohr's Parallels by Arun Bala

By Arun Bala

In this research Arun Bala examines the consequences that Niels Bohr’s precept of complementarity holds for fields past physics. Bohr, one of many founding figures of contemporary quantum physics, argued that the primary of complementarity he proposed for figuring out atomic techniques has parallels in psychology, biology, and social technology, in addition to in Buddhist and Taoist idea. yet Bohr did not provide any reason for why complementarity may well expand past physics, and his claims were greatly rejected by way of scientists as empty hypothesis. medical scepticism has purely been strengthened through the naïve enthusiasm of postmodern relativists and New Age intuitionists, who grab upon Bohr’s principles to justify anti-realist and mystical positions.
Arun Bala bargains an in depth defence of Bohr’s declare that complementarity has far-reaching implications for the organic and social sciences, in addition to for comparative philosophies of technology, via explaining Bohr’s parallels as responses to the omnipresence of grown homes in nature.

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Brown writes: As anyone who has struggled with Heisenberg and especially Bohr knows, these authors can be particularly obscure … Wheeler and Zurek’s Quantum Theory and Measurement is a standard reference work, collecting the most important articles on the foundational problems in quantum mechanics. One of the most famous is Bohr’s reply to the Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen paper. No one noticed that when reprinted in the Wheeler-Zurek anthology, Bohr’s article had pages 148 and 149 transposed. After all, the original seemed a word salad, anyway.

Central to such property complementarity is Bohr’s view that choosing an experimental context, which makes it possible to precisely determine an entity’s position, excludes any experiment that can precisely determine its momentum and also destroys what precise knowledge we may already have of it. We will find that in order to appreciate Bohr’s efforts to extend complementarity epistemology beyond physics it is imperative to separate these two notions of complementarity that he introduces. Both appeal to the notion of the “mutually exclusive but equally necessary”, but the sense in which each is deployed is different.

He believed that complementarity should be taught to children in elementary schools. Pauli argued that “the most important task of our time” was the elaboration of a new quantum concept of reality that would unify science and religion. Born stated that quantum philosophy would help humanity cope with the political reality of the era after World War II. ” … Sokal’s hoax was ingeniously contrived. The gradual slide from the Bohr and Heisenberg quotes at the beginning of his article into postmodernist babble about the connection between science and politics is all too natural.

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