History and Philosophy of Physics

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Hylomorphic Functions

Authors: Antony Van der Mude
Comments: 75 Pages.

Philosophers have long pondered the Problem of Universals. Socrates and Plato hypothesized that Universals exist independent of the real world in a universe of their own. The Doctrine of the Forms was criticized by Aristotle, who stated that the Universals do not exist apart from things - a theory known as Hylomorphism. This paper postulates that Measurement in Quantum Mechanics is the process that gives rise to the instantiation of Universals as Properties, a process we refer to as Hylomorphic Functions. This combines substance metaphysics and process metaphysics into a metaphysical realism that identifies the instantiation of Universals as causally active processes and recognizes the dualism of both substance and information. Measurements of fundamental properties of matter are the Atomic Universals of metaphysics, which combine to form the whole range of Universals. We look at this hypothesis in relation to two different interpretations of Quantum Mechanics: the Copenhagen Interpretation, a version of Platonic Realism based on wave function collapse, and the Pilot Wave Theory of Bohm and de Broglie, where particle-particle interactions lead to an Aristotelian metaphysics. This view of Universals explains the distinction between pure information and the medium that transmits it and establishes the arrow of time. It also provides a distinction between Universals and Tropes based on whether a given Property is a physical process or is based on the qualia of an individual organism. Since the Hylomorphic Functions are causally active, it is possible to suggest experimental tests that can verify this viewpoint of metaphysics.
Category: History and Philosophy of Physics

[1] viXra:1212.0049 [pdf] submitted on 2012-12-07 11:38:20

Wolfgang Pauli and the Fine-Structure Constant

Authors: Michael A. Sherbon
Comments: 15 Pages. Journal of Science 11/2012; 2(3):148-154. DOI:10.2139/ssrn.1934553 Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Wolfgang Pauli was influenced by Carl Jung and the Platonism of Arnold Sommerfeld, who introduced the fine-structure constant. Pauli's vision of a World Clock is related to the symbolic form of the Emerald Tablet of Hermes and Plato's geometric allegory otherwise known as the Cosmological Circle attributed to ancient tradition. With this vision Pauli revealed geometric clues to the mystery of the fine-structure constant that determines the strength of the electromagnetic interaction. A Platonic interpretation of the World Clock and the Cosmological Circle provides an explanation that includes the geometric structure of the pineal gland described by the golden ratio. In his experience of archetypal images Pauli encounters the synchronicity of events that contribute to his quest for physical symmetry relevant to the development of quantum electrodynamics.
Category: History and Philosophy of Physics