Quantum and Normal Reality

 
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11 September 2017 11:38
 

I was saying in another topic that the human brain didn’t evolve to apprehend quantum reality.  That doesn’t mean, however, that I think we don’t suspect that something inexplicable is going on at the molecular, atomic, or particle/energy level.  From what I’ve read by anthropologists, it seems likely that since Day One primitive people gave life, (or spirit), to rocks, trees, rivers, lakes and forests.

Then again, a thousand years ago Zen master Yuansou said, “The mountains, rivers, earth, grasses, trees, and forests, [ordinary reality?], are always emanating a subtle, precious light, day and night, always emanating a subtle, precious sound, demonstrating and expounding to all people the unsurpassed ultimate truth.”

Now scientists tell us that matter, our bodies for example, are composed of atoms, and that within each atom there is mostly empty space (99.9% empty space?), and that within each atom particles are moving at near the speed of light etc. 

So we surmise that within this inexplicable event we call ‘me’ there is consciousness . . . self consciousness . . . “Cogito ergo sum . . . je pense, donc je suis . . . I think, therefore I am.”  -  (Rene Decartes)

Even at the level of understanding we did evolve with, when in human history did it dawn on people that two microscopic cells, each consisting of billions or trillions of atoms - mostly empty space -  could join together and grow into a new human being? 

Is it any wonder that so many made-up stories have been written to try and explain what’s going on?  Any wonder that supernatural explanations are so easy to foist on children?

 

 
 
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So very many people think science is “boring.” Perhaps it’s because they had poor science teachers in high school, or they are intimidated by the entire subject. They think it’s dry, dull, full of facts and mathematics they don’t understand.

But I find, if you look at science at it’s extreme edges, from cosmology to quantum mechanics, the entire universe is utterly and totally fantastic. Then, if you throw life and consciousness into the mix, it gets even more amazing.

“Is it any wonder that so many made-up stories have been written to try and explain what’s going on?  Any wonder that supernatural explanations are so easy to foist on children?”

Nope. Not surprising in the least.

 
 
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Cheshire Cat - 11 September 2017 06:42 PM

So very many people think science is “boring.” Perhaps it’s because they had poor science teachers in high school, or they are intimidated by the entire subject. They think it’s dry, dull, full of facts and mathematics they don’t understand.

But I find, if you look at science at it’s extreme edges, from cosmology to quantum mechanics, the entire universe is utterly and totally fantastic. Then, if you throw life and consciousness into the mix, it gets even more amazing.

“Is it any wonder that so many made-up stories have been written to try and explain what’s going on?  Any wonder that supernatural explanations are so easy to foist on children?”

Nope. Not surprising in the least.

Interesting to read about quantum computing in a 2011 New Yorker article - https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2011/05/02/dream-machine

Then in this week’s news - https://mybroadband.co.za/news/science/228477-scientists-make-major-breakthrough-in-quantum-computing.html

 

 
 
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Cheshire Cat - 11 September 2017 06:42 PM

So very many people think science is “boring.” Perhaps it’s because they had poor science teachers in high school, or they are intimidated by the entire subject. They think it’s dry, dull, full of facts and mathematics they don’t understand.

But I find, if you look at science at it’s extreme edges, from cosmology to quantum mechanics, the entire universe is utterly and totally fantastic. Then, if you throw life and consciousness into the mix, it gets even more amazing.

“Is it any wonder that so many made-up stories have been written to try and explain what’s going on?  Any wonder that supernatural explanations are so easy to foist on children?”

Nope. Not surprising in the least.

“The hunger of the elements to become life.” - Loren Eisely http://www.thedailybeast.com/loren-eiseley-the-science-writer-our-planet-needs-now

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/evolution/origins-life.html

 

 
 
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17 September 2017 11:25