An Infinitely Long Short Piece of String

Nothing makes people resist science more than the times when science defies common sense. A lifetime of experiences have taught us that reality is a solid structure built based on cause and effect. Drop a ball and it falls to the ground because of gravity and we are smart enough to figure out that that is the same reason why a crashing plane falls back to the ground. But what if the ball you dropped not only falls to the ground directly beneath it, but also a bit further from that point ? What if the ball drops to different places every time you drop it ? What if, when you drop the ball, it falls to two different places at the same time ? Now, that defies common sense.

Quantum mechanics is that area of science that deals with phenomenon that a lot of us would call magic. Studies in quantum physics involve working, not with large molecules of elements, but tiny sub-divisions of a molecule, called particles. Particles are little packets of energy which form such small units of matter that their properties and behavior exceed anything that was previously thought possible in our physical world. The implications of the ways these particles behave question our basic understanding of reality and the universe. These sub-atomic entities are so bizzarre that they even frustrated Einstein.

[I can’t accept quantum mechanics because] “I like to think the moon is there even if I am not looking at it.”
– Albert Einstein

Take the case of standup-comic-turned-physics-enthusiast Alan Davies who, in this BBC documentary, tried to find out the accurate length of a piece of string.

Of course, to measure a string you pick up a measuring tape or a ruler and measure it. That is the common sense way of doing it. But when you want to measure it accurately, you have to be more precise. You have to get closer, include every contour of the individual fabric of the string. You can get even more closer down to the molecular level to measure the length and then you end up at the particle level and that is where things get a little out of this world.

Your string does not actually possess a length. Somehow, by measuring it, we create a length for the string.

If you ever thought that reality is just a mirage then this documentary will show you things you probably did not even imagine. Rules of our physical world – rules that define and dictate our understanding of our lives – get thrown out of the window pretty quickly and a new world of possibilities become the norm.

A dead cat is not really dead because it is dead only within our observable reality….Reality, in some sense, does not exist unless we’re actually observing it. And it’s our act of observation that makes things real.

Drop this on the bombastic egomaniac in the office next time he or she tries to tell you how sure they are of what they know. It is a humbling experience to realize that many of the beliefs that we take for granted, something even as concrete and tangible as a piece of string, are not as simple as they appear to be. Truth is that we have no idea what reality really is.

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String Theory And The 10 Dimensional Universe!

This is one of those videos that made me feel exceptionally unintelligent. How I got to this YouTube clip is different story. The title seemed interesting, and once the video started it was very intriguing. It gave a sense of clarity and understanding. Don’t be deceived. As it progresses it gets more and more complex until half-way through the video your mind is yelling ‘Stop, I don’t understand any of these words. Are these even words?’
I powered through the entire video and watched it two more times in hopes of understanding at least some of the concepts, but it only got a lot more complex. Its like the movie ‘The Matrix’, except that upon multiple viewings it morphs into ‘Memento’.
Mind bendingly interesting, nevertheless.

Let me know if it made some sense to you.

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When In Doubt Take Right – Text Version

Hello, I am sorry that you could not read from my hand written version of an excerpt from Frederic Terral’s handwritten manifesto. Here is the text version.

Put down the remote, get off the couch and do something from and your right brain terrain!. “But I can’t draw, write or play an instrument!.” you shout hopelessly. Rubbish! You may not be a Picasso or Mozart but you don’t have to be, Just create to create. Create to remind yourself you’re still alive. Make stuff to inspire others to make something too. Create to learn a bit more about yourself. If you have no desire to create, more power to ya…But for all of you frustrated right-brainers trapped in the frigid planes of you left brain, these is hope. Use this manifesto and its symbol as a call to action to rise up and join those who rejoice in the solace of their right brain terrain.

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Pablo Picasso. We know that training the right brain with music and art has positive impact on the left brain. Yet today art curriculum in schools across this great nation are being stripped away or severely diminished due to misappropriated or mismanaged education budgets. While math, science and reading are vital, creativity should be equally revered and studied. “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” Albert Einstein.

We’ve been conditioned to believe that the only prosperous and respectable career choices reside in the left-brain while right-brainers today have more influence on society than every before. Every day frustrated left-brainers clock in and out of life to never discover the expanses of their right brain. It”s never too late for closet right-brainers to free themselves from the shackles of convention for the boundless exploits of the unfamiliar. “And in the end, it’s not the years in our life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Abraham Lincoln.

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