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Volume 11: Pages 512-520, 1998
Apriorics and the Proliferation of Elementary Particles in Parallel Subuniverses
Yakir Z. Shoshani
Shenkar College, 12 Anna Frank St., Ramat‐Gan 52526, Israel
The recent developments in particle physics and cosmology raise fundamental open problems beyond the reach of physics, which can be properly analyzed only in terms of an appropriate a priori ontology. Such a formal ontology, namely, the formalism of ontological structures, or Apriorics, was suggested and discussed in 4, 566 (1991). The objective of this paper is to elaborate this formalism, expand its explanatory capacity, and enhance its predictive power. Sections 1–3 review the essentials of Apriorics and its significance to physics. The formalism predicts two simplest four‐dimensional subuniverses, 01(7) andO2(7), each including seven basic entities from which the elementary particles are composed. It turns out that there are twelve elementary particles in 01(7) and thirteen in O2(7). The properties and classification of these two sets of particles are discussed in Section 4. The second part of the paper (Section 5) deals with the ability of human reason to suggest parallel subuniverses that cannot interact with humans, directly or indirectly. It also stipulates the differences between the ad hoc “many‐worlds interpretation” in physics and the noninteracting worlds emerging from Apriorics.
Keywords: elementary particles, quarks and pre‐quarks, parallel subuniverses, foundations of physics, formal ontology, thinking and reality
Received: October 25, 1996; Published online: December 15, 2008