Zman Kietilipooskie

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Is Quantum Mechanics a description of matter and energies that are accelerated and therefore heated. and not actual universal laws.

Due to the acceleration (expansion of the Universe) and the big bang matter formed from energy, and quantum mechanics is something explaining a resulting "reality" and not the actual laws of energy. Due to the base state of our reality, physics is altered similar to the gravity of earth, it is a relativistic norm.

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    Jan 6 2013: Hi Zman

    Photons are subject to quantum mechanics. Photons travel at a constant speed regardless of reference frame and thus do not accelerate; so the answer would be no.

    Out of curiousity, what led you to believe this?
  • Jan 6 2013: You have made the interesting point that our theories are based on observations of phenomena occurring in special circumstances, specifically here on earth, during this particular span of time. You are right to question this.

    We have measured the speed of light to amazing accuracy, but no one has ever measured the speed of light outside of our solar system, or outside of our galaxy, or a million years ago. Our equations tell us the speed of light is a constant, and our equations have all been confirmed by our (local) observations. The National Institute of Standards and Technology has a list of sixteen "Universal Constants." Perhaps we should be calling them local contemporary constants.
    • Jan 7 2013: That just the speed of light in a vacuum. In a bose einstein condensate it has been measured at 17 meters per second and actually stopped and later started again.
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      Jan 10 2013: Hi Barry

      One could also say that the constants we have measured describe the part of the universe we live in very well. And until we find any indication of the constants being functions of position or time, we have no reason to believe that they aren't constant.

      Why complicate our model of the universe unnecessarily?
      • Jan 10 2013: Agreed, that until we have evidence, we should keep our model as simple as possible.

        We should also be aware of the limits of our knowledge, and acknowledge that the model is built on certain assumptions.

        I get concerned when I see documentaries on TV with post doctoral physicists proudly telling us all they "know" without the slightest acknowledgement that a great deal of what they are explaining is based on assumptions. These shows give a false impression of certainty that makes science look foolish when we later have to refine the model. We used to "know" that gravity held stars together in galaxies, until we completed the measurements and found out that the galaxies "should" be flying apart. Now physicists are telling us what they "know" about dark matter, a code word for something that we do not know.

        There is no wonder that some people have no confidence in science to guide public policy. They are not stupid, they just listen to what scientists say, and remember.
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    Gail .

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    Jan 6 2013: I suspect that you don't understand what a universal law is. Relativity doesn't cancel universal laws. It explains some of them.
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      Jan 6 2013: This is why I said "like gravity" we used to not understand that gravity was relative until we left the earth. Our unique universe contains a unique vacuum due to its relative expansion and attributes.

      So basically the equation E=MC squared might not change but the constant could....
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        Gail .

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        Jan 6 2013: Do you mean that the mass might change?
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          Jan 6 2013: Both mass and the speed could change, because time is relative (because of space and such)and also mass (because speed of acceleration of universe applies universal kinetic energy to all particle with mass).
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    Jan 5 2013:

    Hi, Zman.The American Physical Society, the professional organization for professional physicists and physical scientists in the United States, is one of a number of sites and forums with an Ask a Physicist offering!

    You can post a question, and an actual physicist will pick it up and answer it, though not instantly.

    If you do a search online for Ask-a-Physicist, you will find other resources which you can evaluate for their reliability.

    I encourage you to ask your question in a number of places.