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We know Classical Mechanics is wrong. But can we also say every other theory is wrong except the Theory of Everything?

Asimov's "The Relativity of Wrong" has a lot to say about this. John, when people thought the Earth was flat, they were wrong. When people thought the Earth was spherical, they were wrong. ...
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We know Classical Mechanics is wrong. But can we also say every other theory is wrong except the Theory of Everything?

It is not a coincidence that you ask this here at philosophy SE, and not over at physics: The vast majority of physicists would simply reject your question and readily admit that their theories are ...
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Why is the complex number an integral part of physical reality?

The short answer: Your premise is not correct. Quantum Mechanics is not necessarily complex-valued. Here is a primer from Physics.SE if you are solid on the math. An explanation that is light on math:...
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Why do most philosophers believe in a deterministic formulation of quantum mechanics?

Most philosophers don't understand Quantum Physics the way actual physicists who specialize in that type of physics do. Their preference for "hidden variables" is based on reasonable ...
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Can Mathematics Fully Describe the Universe?

Clearly, no mathematics is ever going to describe redness and pain and love to any reasonable person's satisfaction. To describe something is to say what you think this something is by using a subject-...
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Does quantum superposition enable the possibility of free will?

The question assumes an incompatibilist view of free will, and then rests their notion of free will on the possibility of true quantum randomness. Two notes on that: Quantum mechanics may or may not ...
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Does quantum superposition enable the possibility of free will?

No, quantum superposition isn't really a plausible explanation, since processes in the brain seem to be macroscopic (ie they involve combinations of neurons which collectively contain oodles of ...
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Philosophical implications of entangled states (and the 2022 physics nobel prize)

In the high-level summary and explanation I've read/watched… this means or confirms that everything… is probabilistic. This is wrong. Bell's Theorem and the experiments that won this years Nobel ...
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What are the arguments for or against the wavefunction being a subjective vs an objective entity?

In practice the wave function is a mathematical model which we can use to calculate certain properties of systems, subject to a variety of approximations. What the wave function is modelling (ie what ...
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Can Mathematics Fully Describe the Universe?

Mathematics can be used to make a model of the universe. All models are necessarily simplifications of the thing they model - if they weren't they would be of no use as they would be no easier to ...
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How does Penrose defeat the computational theory of mind?

This is intended as a complement to Conifold's and Jobermark' answers Penrose's argument can be broken down to two parts: Based on Lucas's Gödelian argument against mechanism, he argues that the ...
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Does 'the quantum mind' solve the hard problem of consciousness and how popular is it?

Does 'the quantum mind' solve the hard problem of consciousness ? Short answer: No it doesn't. Long answer: Penrose's quantum mind model is an answer to the question of how can a human mind ...
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Where did Husserl say that in quantum mechanics spatial localisation is no longer a principle of individualisation?

I suspect that Petitot is misremembering and interpolating. Husserl did generally consider (formal) metaphysics to be the doctrine of individuation. For example, in a 1918 letter to Weyl, thanking him ...
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Why is the complex number an integral part of physical reality?

In my opinion you are mixing up different points: Physics does not use complex numbers to count entities. It is sufficient to count mangos by non-negative rational numbers, i.e. 1 mango, 1.5 mangos, ...
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Does quantum superposition enable the possibility of free will?

I'm going to answer your question, but I'd also like to say some things regarding the nature of the question and how people's fascination with free will is more or less unfounded. In short, yes, it's ...
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Does Quantum Physics Refute Ayn Rand's Objectivism?

Rand's Objectivisms' central tenets are that reality exists independently of consciousness, that human beings have direct contact with reality through sense perception, that one can attain objective ...
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What is the most commonsense interpretation of QM for the layman?

This question presumes not only the existence of common sense, but that two individual's common sense about a very peculiar topic might somehow coincide. As Einstein categorized it, there were four ...
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How does Penrose defeat the computational theory of mind?

The linked IEP article seems to me to be accurately summarized in the OP:"the argument about quantum processes in the brain falls short if we reject the original Gödelian argument... Penrose goes on ...
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Why is the complex number an integral part of physical reality?

Complex numbers are ordered pairs of numbers that have an extended definition of multiplication that is useful for representing circular motion in two-dimensions. (The definition of multiplication ...
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Probabilistic prediction (quantum mechanics) - what is the meaning of such a prediction and how do you falsify it?

In science, nothing is ever exactly 100 percent certain. Quantum mechanics has actual randomness (strictly speaking, the interpetation of this depends on weather you take the Copenhagen-interpreation ...
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Can Mathematics Fully Describe the Universe?

"Can Mathematics Fully Describe the Universe?" Certainly not, even with the current state of affairs. Physicists use many entities that currently make no (strictly) mathematical sense, ...
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Why do most philosophers believe in a deterministic formulation of quantum mechanics?

Q14of the physics survey gives a pretty good answer to this question: In the absence of evidence, beliefs/acceptance of competing interpretations is a matter of personal philosophical prejudice (or ...
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Plato meets Quantum Mechanics

The book "Große Physiker" by Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker deals with this question in the chapter "Platon" pp. 48-72 (which discusses the Timaios dialog), but already the preceding chapter "...
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Why is the complex number an integral part of physical reality?

Are we answering the right question? You touch upon an interesting point, but I have the feeling that your question isn't specific enough yet to reach a proper resolutions. Others have argued that '...
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Why is the complex number an integral part of physical reality?

You have several fundamental misunderstandings. Physics does not define reality. Physics defines a model that approximates reality in a testable fashion. Reality can—and, going by experience,...
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Arguments against quantum mechanics allowing for free will?

Quantum mechanics only introduces randomness, it is to say unpredictability. That this randomness can be extended to macroscopic systems like a human brain has yet to be demonstrated, but even if we ...
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Neutrinos & consciousness: fundamental link between the weak force, neutrino and biological cell?

For neutrinos to serve as the source of consciousness, they would need to exert influence on massive particles like the constituent atoms in protein molecules at a rate sufficient to support the ...
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