Maximum irony extends to Einstein and beyond

In his arguments with Bohr against quantum mechanics, Einstein said that god does not play with dice. That may be true, and if it is, it is additional empirical evidence against god, or rather our conceptions of god, not evidence against the fundamental validity of quantum mechanics.

Einstein thought very highly of thermodynamics as a science. The irony is that thermodynamics is reducible to statistical mechanics, which is to say, it is merely probability and statistics in action. Again, as if god were playing dice with the universe, even as that universe is obeying thermodynamic laws. Likely the same is true of every branch of physics, every branch of science, every branch of genuine knowledge of any kind. It is all reducible to probability and statistics.

Chance rules the world!


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