Can an electron be identified?

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Re: Can an electron be identified?

Post by Prothero » August 13th, 2017, 8:57 pm

What we can "know" of the world is what we can measure and/or what we can experience. There is no reason to think we can "know" or "experience" all of nature. So our construct of the world and our naming of objects is based on an incomplete, partial, and in many respects unsatisfactory view. For all we "know" electrons have an "experiential" subjective aspect. For all we know electrons are just temporary fluctuations or concentrations of energy in the quantum field which makes up space and time. The concept of an "electron" is useful, in building electronic equipment, designing power grids, etc. but the concept is a mental construct not the "thing in itself". Some will argue our "reality" is nothing but mental constructs and to some extent I would agree, but they are mental constructs based on interaction with an independent "real" world which precedes humans and will remain after they are gone of which we grasp "through the veil of perception".

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Re: Can an electron be identified?

Post by Belindi » August 14th, 2017, 4:58 am

Thank you Prothero. Very nice :)

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