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Common Physics Misconceptions
Buddhism constantly mentions "seeing things as they are" as the end of 'ignorance.' And "mental fabrications" —which include our internal 'theories' on how the world works— are one of the skandhas. Clinging to our theories is one of our favourite ways of clinging: we think we 'know,' and we discard any contrary evidence or nuance as 'irrelevant.' Later we suffer, because the denial of evidence will not be enough to prevent the consequences from unfolding… If anything, this denial only prevents us from changing course and facing reality as it is, acting appropriately to the circumstances at hand, etc.
Modern physics have integrated (both in quantum physics and in relativistic physics) that an observation cannot be independent from an 'observer' (be it because the observer influences the outcome, or simply defines the 'reference frame'). Observed and observer co-dependently arise.
The "end of ignorance" is not found in studying Buddhism exclusively: physics too, and any other 'phenomena'… "Things as they are." (not "as we simplistically model them", no matter useful a model may be at times!).
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