great thought something with which to correct Hegel?) […: « Je te maudirais si j’arrivais en retard chez les camarades »]42: Prig! Dirac, P.A.M., The Principles of Quantum Mechanics, Oxford University Press, 1958 [The important things in the world appear as the invariants (or more generally the nearly invariants, or quantities with simple transformation properties) of these transformations.]: Leaving out the parenthesis and the word ‘important’ this statement is more or less correct. It must not be forgotten that the things that undergo transformation are themselves invariants of transformations. (A ‘nearly invariant’ is a hopelessly illegitimate creature—to be ‘nearly invariant’ is to be ‘almost a thing’.) : The ingenious system, depending on the principle that black is white, that is set before us in the pages that follow, may well serve to deal with those practical problems for the solution of which it was expressly devised. But to expect that it will be found philosophically satisfying is the height of presumption. We do not ask for common sense—it is not common sense that we are looking for—but we cannot accept dishonesty. A physical experiment is essentially public: it must, in theory at least, be observable by more than one person. If, then, you start by assuming the validity of the experimental method, which does not admit that there is such a thing as a point of view, you cannot thereafter introduce an observer without falling into contradiction. If there is no such thing as an ‘observer’ occurring in the physical experiment, we are entitled, or rather obliged, to ask what is meant by the word. Is it something that occurs only in quantum mechanics? : Classical theory assumes the statistical nature of matter; this is a confusion. Quantum theory assumes the classical assumption, and then assumes an ultimate structure of matter: this is a double confusion. [So long as big and small are merely relative concepts, it is no help to explain the big in
42. ‘“I would curse you if I came too late to the comrades.”’
Published on Jun 26, 2013
Part B includes two early essays (Nibbana and Anatta and Sketch for a Proof of Rebirth) as well as notes from a Commonplace Book and Margina...