Friday, August 9, 2013

Are There Physical Laws?

No. A law is a concept. Laws are not objects that exist, in physics, i.e. have physical presence. Physical Law is a misnomer. At best it is a figure of speech. At worst it is misleading the masses. My friend Mike Huttner just did a well-reasoned-well-written article about this:

Physics: The Study of Laws, or Objects?

Here is the part of his article that struck me most:

The mathematician begins his investigations with the preconception that Nature is ultimately beyond complete understanding. When Penrose calls phenomena such as gravity, light, magnetism, ect. "laws" he is harkening back to the days of ancient Greece when Gods of myth ruled nature, except instead of being driven by emotion, the God's of the mathematician are driven by mathematics, of course. Laws are not to be understood, of course, but obeyed.

The moderns transferred the ancient Grecian concept of law to science. Big mistake.

Law is a relation of existing personal objects, specifically objects who have the ability to reason and choose and spread their reasoned decisions to objects without who obey or disobey the reasoned decisions. The purpose of law is a relation between personal objects who think and choose and relate to other objects who do the same. Atoms and cells do not have these abilities. So obviously there is no such thing as a physical law. Laws come out of men and relate men. They do not come out of atoms and relate atoms, or cells or stars or galaxies or whatever type of matter you choose. An atom is not the law. A king is in a manner of speaking, the law, in so far as he is in a unique relation with his people.

Different types of laws come out from Man and Angels and God. In theology some say that the Eternal Moral Law is the Divine Essence, i.e. God as He is (Aquinas). But this is an entirely different matter. Even so Moral Law is a concept associating God and Man, as well as God, Man and fellow Man.  Mankind reasons, chooses, spreads choices, obeys or disobeys, etc. Atoms and cells do not. Nor does the universe itself. The universe is a conceptual system relating space and matter, and in in theology this concept could be elevated to include God and Heaven and Angels, etc. But there is no such thing as a physical law.  Not in this universe.  

The physical cosmologists bow down to laws that come out of men who have no authority, e.g. Hubble's Law, Copernican principle, etc. Its not as if these laws are written into the universe. It is ridiculous to see them pay homage to these "laws".  Sure maybe they were more or less useful for a brief time, but they are not written in the stars. The principles which flow from the Copernican revolution are obsolete (universality, homogeneity, isotropic, etc). The network of atoms is shaped asymmetrically   How much longer will it take the physical cosmologists to figure this out?  Never because they evade the counter-argument by stating that these laws only apply to large scale structures which cannot be observed anyway.      

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