Thursday, 27 February 2014

Faculty tour

And, moving down the corridor from the Department of Experimental Theology, we now come to the Department of Experimental Philosophy.
While some of the intrinsic “loopholes” in Bell’s Theorem have been sealed up, one odd suggestion remains on the table: what if a quantum-induced absence of free will (i.e., hidden variables) is conspiring to affect how researchers calibrate their detectors and collect data, somehow steering them toward a conclusion biased against classical physics?

...So in order to clear the air of any possible predestination by entangled interlopers, Kaiser and MIT postdoc Andrew Friedman, along with Jason Gallicchio of the University of Chicago, propose to look into the distant, early Universe for sufficiently unprejudiced parties: ancient quasars that have never, ever been in contact...

...By using the light from objects that came into existence just shortly after the Big Bang to calibrate their detectors, the team hopes to remove any possibility of entanglement… and determine what’s really in charge of the Universe.
Just in case you were wondering, the "Big Bang" they're talking about was the event that supposedly brought our universe into being, not the sound of people's heads exploding as they try to understand what these guys are doing...