X-Message-Number: 21031
Date: Sat, 1 Feb 2003 08:00:51 -0500
From: Thomas Donaldson <>
Subject: CryoNet #21021 - #21029

To Michael C Price:

Yes, quantum theory will probably survive in the same way that 
Newtonian ideas about matter and its behavior survive. But taken 
alone, this does not in any way suggest that our ideas about 
electrons will survive, and in particular our ideas about their
identity. Not only that, but it's simply false that a quantum
theory which sees electrons as constructed of smaller parts 
will leave our ideas about their identity untouched. The 
movement of the subentities which make up an electron may cause
effects that we can devise instruments able to detect. (I'm
not advocating such a theory, but simply point out that such
theories may very well change our ideas about identity of 
particles --- including electrons).

            Best wishes and long long life for all,

                   Thomas Donaldson

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