“Basketball at Quantum State U.” / Memorable Fancies #1757

Particles playing basketball: a frustrating game because each shot both goes in the basket and doesn’t. And both the going-in and the not-going-in occur both before and after the shot is taken. Whether or not the shot is taken. And the particles themselves aren’t quite sure who they are: collapsed waves, perhaps, or maybe just coordinates in a vacuous spacetime that might, or might not, exist. Whatever “exist” could mean. [musing after reading Peter Lewis’ excellent book Quantum … [Read more...]

“An Object” / Memorable Fancies #1240

[“He will find that after ‘subject relates to object’ comes ‘subject destroys object.’” – D.W. Winnicott]       “Destroys object” because the subject reduces the object to its relation to himself, ignoring what the object is in itself and for itself. The ceremony of noun-ing has captured the object, now struggling like a dying butterfly pinned to a collector’s trophy board. <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: Try Try Again – A novel of deadly U.S. political intrigue … [Read more...]

Can the Past Be Changed? / Memorable Fancies #1233

We tend, irreflectively, to view the past as just as real as the present, and we go about finding out “what happened” the same way we find out what’s happening now: by collecting testimony, looking at records, searching for physical evidence — everything but direct observation of the past event, which is now impossible. Our unspoken assumption is that the past is just as real as the present, but can no longer be directly observed. A contrary view: The past is just what we conclude from … [Read more...]