Simple Answers to Complicated Questions

Dave Bacon watched “Judgement Day” last night, and has a question:

It’s not like, you know, there aren’t people who think quantum theory is wrong or that quantum theory is somehow related to the Vedic teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. So why is it that quantum theory (which after all is “just a theory” wink, wink, nod, nod) doesn’t illicit courtroom battles of such epic scope as the Dover trial?

The answer: Because quantum physics involves math, and Math Is Hard.

If you want to construct a cockamamie theory that can pretend to be an alternative to quantum mechanics, it needs to have equations and functions and stuff, whereas you can come up with something that sounds like an alternative to biology using vague intuition and appeals to “common sense.” It’s easier to be a fake biologist than a fake physicist.