Academic journal article Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy

The Neoclassical Interpretation of Modern Physics and Its Implication for an Information Theory Based Interpretation of Spirituality

Academic journal article Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy

The Neoclassical Interpretation of Modern Physics and Its Implication for an Information Theory Based Interpretation of Spirituality

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The line between classical and modern physics, when examined very closely, is somewhat blurred. Though the label "classical" most often refers to models prior to the switch to the quantum paradigm and the characteristic discrete particle treatments of physics, it may also occasionally be used to refer to macro physics prior to relativity. Here we discuss the optional fluid dynamics basis of the quantum paradigm and the interchangeable nature of discrete and continuous treatments of modern physics. This direct interchangeability, in light of walking droplet experiments, has led to the emergence of deterministic hydrodynamic analogs of gravity and quantum mechanics which might be called a "Neoclassical Interpretation."

This approach to physical interpretation of fields subsequently leads to the possibility of a substrate which may be envisioned as a data storage medium. If deterministic chaos is accepted as granted, the concept of free will can be equated with the "illusion of intent" imputed upon humans as it is often imputed upon other complex systems such as evolution. With the homocentricity of consciousness removed and consciousness envisioned as a computational process, the emergence of consciousness is the simple inevitable conclusion of evolutionary pressures. Consciousness is then envisioned as various levels of arrangement and interactions of data systems which can possess self-representation in the form of self-similarity.

When consciousness is envisioned as purely data storage and computation, this broader definition also allows that the term "spirit" might be considered synonymous with data processing systems. This conjecture allows for the categorization of data systems which exist throughout nature as also "spiritual". With the inherent multi-layered and overlapping nature of data and reliance upon interpretive keys, complex data systems might be postulated to exist throughout nature which also share commonalities to consciousness and would thereby be called spiritual. This interpretation of consciousness and information systems combined with the existence of a ubiquitous medium or substrate for electromagnetic phenomena which might store and process data via its configuration, gives a purely deterministic, rational and mechanical basis for a spiritual world which humans might interact with.


"The electromagnetic field behaves as if it were a collection of wheels, pulleys and fluids."

James Clerk Maxwell

The early notable developments toward electromagnetic theory were all done in a theoretical environment which presumed a fluid "ether" as the basis upon which all phenomena occurred. In 1746 Euler modeled light in a frictionless compressible fluid, a century later Faraday modeled it as vibrations in lines of force and shortly thereafter Maxwell combined their efforts into "molecular vortices" upon which eventually his famous equations were based.

As early as 1926 just one year after the formulation of Shroedinger's equation, Erwin Madelung demonstrated that it can be recast in hydrodynamic form. The Madelung equations are Eulerian and very directly show the relationship between fluid dynamics and quantum mechanics.

By 1950 the phase space formulation of QM provided a fully realized and valid formulation of the science which could deal with both position and momentum in a classical manner. The Wigner-Weyl transform provides a mapping between this formulation of QM and the Hilbert space operators in the Schroedinger representation which is completely equivalent (Curtright et al 2005, 20012). This shows the direct mathematical compatibility of more classical treatments (Hamiltonian) and quantum mechanics through deformation (with parameter h/S) and perhaps gives a real-world, easily understood relationship between the two through the common sense term "deformation". Additionally, it has been shown that the Wigner quasiprobability distribution function can, via deformation, match a phase space distribution which describes DeBroglie-Bohm causal trajectories (Dias, Prata 2002). …

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