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Hello All I'm in no way a scientist but I do like to learn things. Recently I had a discussion and was told that the mechanistic laws (Newton) are now dead since QM - that they no longer apply. What, if any, is the connection now between those classical laws and QM?
Now, there's also a debate regarding if this is actual the case. Some people is of the idea that the world might be deterministic, in the sense that every configuration follows in a deterministic way from previous ones...
RelphSo basically, that's the idea that QM killed Newton, not in his laws that are still applicable today, but on the idea of the world as deterministicI think that is what I was looking for. Thank you.
However, it does not follow that you can reverse engineer the evolution of the universe as 2 different starting conditions could have the same outcome.
...but this is no different that all the multiverse ideas that are polluting academic circles nowadays. 
How the hell can ideas be polluting. Ideas are the answers of the future.
George and Doc - have you ever heard of the principle of multiple working hypotheses?
George and Doc - have you ever heard of the principle of multiple working hypotheses? (T.C. Chaimberlin) It is the foundation of science. Until some thing is proven objectively, then any hypothesis is still in the running, no matter how far out of the mainstream they are. The have yet to be concretely discredited. At the level of QM almost everything falls into this category, just a hypothesis.