“Quantum mechanics isn’t just an approximation of the truth,” writes Sean Carroll, a physicist at the California Institute of Technology, “it is the truth.”
“Whatevs,”* says Lee Smolin of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Ontario. “The conceptual problems and raging disagreements that have bedeviled quantum mechanics since its inception are unsolved and unsolvable, for the simple reason that the theory is wrong.”
If these guys can’t agree on something as relatively simple and straightforward† as quantum theory, we’re pretty much doomed, right? I mean, forget politics, religion, or whether a hot dog is a sandwich. One thing I am certain of, however: Anyone who condescendingly says “I believe in #science” doesn’t know a damn thing either.