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Comment author: Caledonian2 17 March 2008 11:53:06PM 1 point [-]

But to say that a full-fledged QM model would be *guaranteed* to be less accurate than current models is downright preposterous.

No, it follows directly from our inability to simulate 'complex' atoms. If we can't represent the basic building blocks of matter correctly, how are we supposed to represent the matter?

A correct model of physics would, given enough computational power, allow us to perfectly simulate everything in reality, on every level of reality. QM is known not to be correct; it is in fact known to be incorrect in the ultimate sense. It is merely the most correct model we possess.