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Why “Quantum Mechanics” is Bad Terminology

February 18, 2013

Quantum is a word meaning “confusing” to the layperson. Do we want the layperson to not understand quantum mechanics? The world would be a much better place if ideas were not inherently construed as “confusing” or any other pseudo-negative terminology.

When talking about anything, using the word Quantum does not help in any way. It is analogous to “very”, “completely”, “absolutely”, or any other adverb. It in of itself does not explain anything.

I therefore propose we change the word “Quantum” to “Noncausal” when talking about things such as “quantum mechanics” and the like. It just makes more sense.

The world would be a much better place if terminology was changed as ideas became easier to understand; frequently, one does not continue trying to learn something if one is under the assumption the material will be too confusing to them or if it will be more trouble than it is worth. Learning quantum mechanics is inherently better than not learning it, if only because then you may understand how some deeper things work in the universe.


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