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QM/QC : Busting Bell : Part Three

October 15, 2009

Cassini Orbiter - NASAThe rings of Saturn are an example of a quantum-like system. Could certain parallels between what we see upwards in the cosmic scale and study as astrophysics and that which we see downwards on the cosmic scale and study as quantum physics offer hints about a possible bust of Bell's Theorem?

Readers might wish to go back and read the earlier blog posts QM/QC : Busting Bell : Part One and QM/QC : Busting Bell : Part Two.

The emphasis in this installment is further examination of the notion that we might shed light on the paradoxes of quantum behavior by examing the complexity of infinite subconstituency. Phenomena that are composed of smaller phenomena, recursively ad infinitum for all practical purposes, are very difficult to grasp in all their implications.

1980-1981 - Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 flyby Saturn, and gather a treasure trove of new information on the rings. The G Ring is discovered, "spokes" are observed on the B Ring, and braiding is seen in the F Ring. Additionaly, three new moons are discovered by Voyager: Rich Terrile finds Atlas in the Voyager images, and Prometheus and Pandora are the first shepherding moons ever discovered. Some of the moons are found sharing the same orbit, and these are called co-orbitals. The rings are found to be made up of thousands of ringlets. Ringlets are even found in gaps in the rings. Three new gaps discovered by Voyager are named the Maxwell Gap, Huygens Gap and the Keeler Gap. - NASA, Historical Background of Saturn's Rings

Among the peculiarities (noted above) of the rings viewed up close, it was also observed that some rings seemed to open out periodically into spiral arms and then collapse again into rings as they rotate. All these pecularities are reminiscent of quantum behavior and certain still await explanation.

Gravity is not a point source : it is instead a relation between masses. In solid spherical masses gravity can usefully be viewed as point source. In the very diffuse systems, such as the loosely packed heterogenous matter of the rings orbiting the massive-but-not-dense planet Saturn, the gravitational relationships, infinite and individually untrackable for all practical purposes, between the constituent entities making up the ring become significant in describing their behavior.

The matter in the rings moves in infinite vectors of motion as large amounts of very diffuse mass interact in rotary motion. Yet viewed from a remote scale they appear smooth and solid . Crude approximations based on the rotation of solid masses and the orbits of planets and moons aren't entirely useful for describing such infinitely subconsituent systems.

This suggests that if a bust is found for Bell's Theorem ... if that theorem's proof that no uniform vector can be applied to explain the cosine theta observational anomaly has a flaw ... perhaps the flaw may reside in the neglect to sufficiently examine the possiblity that quantum mechanical phenomena possess infinitely constituent structure. In this case they may posses infinite vectors of motion within that spherical space in which quantum physics judges them.

In which case the cosine theta observational anomaly may be a harmonic of that motion, rather than magic which occurs at transluminal speed when the little fellows catch us watching them.

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