Physics, Objectivity and Subjectivity

ReferenceA Logical Approach to Theoretical Physics

As explained in the preface, the very fact that the fundamental theories of physics cannot be reconciled indicates that there are basic assumptions underlying physics that are inconsistent with reality.

Physics starts with the concepts of matter and void. These two concepts are then expanded upon throughout the development of physics. Therefore, our search for assumptions should start with how matter and void have been conceived and expanded upon.

The starting concept in classical physics is matter. All other concepts are derived from the idea of matter. For example, mass is the “density” of matter, kinetic energy is the “motion” of matter; potential energy is the “tension” in matter; momentum is the “impact” of matter.

Classical physics deals with matter up to the concept of atom. Beyond atom we encounter the constituents of atom and their characteristics.  These are dealt by quantum physics. A sharp break in reality occurs at this transition from classical to quantum physics because the characteristics of matter do not seem to continue beyond atom. Beyond matter, atom and quantum particles, of course, there is void.

The concepts of matter and void, at the transition from classical to quantum physics, needs to be investigated for assumptions.

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Objectivity

Physics takes pride in being objective. The word objective is derived from object that has the sense of “something perceived”. Objectivity requires consistency among what is observed and not just agreement on what is postulated to explain those observations.

Objective reality is not only made tangible through physical perceptions of sight, touch, hearing, taste and smell, but it is also made logical by the mental perceptions of continuity, harmony and consistency. The objective reality is that which has been tested and verified and cannot be argued with. It is the same for all people because all known inconsistencies have been resolved.

When we say that physics is objective, we mean that there is a natural continuity, harmony and consistency among all its observations, interpretations and conclusions.

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Subjectivity

Physics tries to resolve subjectivity. The word subjective is derived from subject that has the sense of “open to inspection”. It is characterized by inconsistencies that still need to be resolved. As inconsistencies are resolved the subjective reality becomes increasingly objective.

Subjectivity exists when there is difficulty in obtaining direct observations, so gaps are filled with educated guesses and, sometimes, with outright assumptions. Such guesses and assumption must always be open to inspection. Trouble comes when things that are subjective are closed to inspection, mainly by agreement among physicists.

The route from subjectivity to objectivity in physics is a closer inspection of anomalies (discontinuity, disharmony and inconsistency) concerning matter and void and resolving them.

To find the assumptions that are hidden behind the mathematical symbolism for matter and void, we need to inspect the matter-void interface first.

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  • vinaire  On January 3, 2020 at 9:55 AM

    OBJECTIVITY

    I am not using the word OBJECTIVITY the way it is used generally as “external reality”. Whether the reality is external or internal, it is objective if “you appreciate it just for what it is without any filters”. Objectivity reduces to the degree a person is using filters (fixed idea, prejudice, belief) to look at things.

    Whether it is a tree or a forest, you must perceive it objectively first before you can consider or analyze it. In computer lingo, you say, “garbage in = garbage out”. In other words, if your data is faulty, then your conclusions are going to be faulty too.

    Objectivity ensures correctness of input, whether it is external or internal, top-down or bottom-up.

  • vinaire  On January 3, 2020 at 10:00 AM

    A perception is objective to the degree there are no unresolved inconsistencies, disharmonies and discontinuities associated with it in the universal context.

  • vinaire  On January 3, 2020 at 10:07 AM

    Some faith is always necessary to guide you. That faith becomes increasingly clarified as the person becomes increasingly objective.

  • vinaire  On June 22, 2020 at 8:28 PM

    06/22/2020–I have updated the last two paragraphs under SUBJECTIVITY, and have deleted the last section that was there.

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