Tomorrow at 18.00GMT a six-part series of Live Videos concludes with a roundup of particles and forces covered so far, and what the implications are for our perception of reality.
Where all this is taking us is what Quantumology is all about. How we think about our reality really matters. The quarks and electrons that make up our bodies, together with the neutrinos, gluons and exotics shifting in and out of phase in a manner suggesting multiversal transit, must have a bearing on what we are and what we perceive.
Who we are has a bearing too, for only if this stuff draws you in the first place can you hope to gain a picture of what's really going on in any facet of a scientific sense.
Living in the Now is a mindfulness thing; I've come through a maelstrom of suspicious mental health to emerge 27 years later still passionate about this stuff, having learned about it from sources and circumstances pushing hard at any known boundaries of belief. For sure I'm bound to talk about it one day, but here and now we're here to talk about particles that probably really aren't.
W and Z particles affect the twist and thrust of what goes on, transforming and kicking things into action. Photons regulate energy levels, and are involved in most exchanges and decays (or perhaps more accurate to say, transmuted multiplications) of particles in flux across the quantum fields.
Gluons stick things together and hold that bond while allowing those bonded the freedom to change from one thing to another. Neutrinos, flying through all this and also turning from one thing to another, potentially connect everything to everything else via yet-to-be-determined information exchange.
So in the course of human experience, what could this mean for us? Change happens all the time. One mood, event, contact or priority to the next in a seamless stream of personal data. While this is happening, consensus is tuned towards a consciousness at work with which we exchange information. Most of us are pretty sure there's a Source of some kind, and whatever you make of choice v. destiny, that's a paradox that stumped the very best of those scientists working out quantum mechanics in the early days, who all thought about this stuff too.
We become bonded in relationships and raise/lower our energy levels like electrons do, according to our mood and environment. When motivated, we're Up; demotivated, we're Down. When we are curious, it's Strange and when inspired, that's Charm at work. Really appreciating lets us see Beauty and when the quest reveals itself, that's when we get to the Truth.
Here's a Glossary of Terms mentioned in the previous videos, as commonly interpreted in English:
Up for seeing where this takes us, with so many physicists coming together to share thoughts and observations without prejudice in a closed group, it's strange to me that we've come this far in the course of scientific history without illuminating the New Physics everyone's been whispering about for some decades now. As you'll have gathered if you've been watching carefully, I'm no alumni physicist but I know there's one out there who's going to crack this nut, and if they can bring themselves to trust that I'm sane, some beautiful truths are quite likely to spring from the thinking. See you there...
Autumn. Early September brings early mists and early evenings to this patch of the planet I occupy. Walking the dog through rich golden light, blackberries beckon and we stop to take graciously, finding that the fruit is sweet, but the seeds are bitter, and wondering if that means something in the general scheme of things.
Beyond an ancient, crumbling railway bridge long lost to the annals of history, open fields to the east accede to these last rays, burnished rows of slender harvest waiting to be claimed by those who think they own them.
All I see is caused by the construct of reality. Photons allow me to appreciate the colours, phonons then arrive to let me hear the birds. Electrons have the power to propel me on my feet and - what of the breadth of it all?
This 3D environment I'm walking through is dependent upon scale. Without scale, there would be no height, depth or width. All measurement interdependent, my whole life is governed by positional features I must avoid or appreciate depending on the circumstances.
The tendency to think that quantum mechanics doesn't apply to the 'macro world' because it's 'too small in scale' is so ludicrous as to be laughable. Look down from a plane ten minutes after take-off and you're nowhere to be seen. From the Moon, even an electron microscope wouldn't catch you.
Postulation is easy, in quantum mechanics, while painting the bricks with colours and assigning them charges, watching them spin and entropically materialise into something else entirely (and most probably more of it) to satisfy the apparent universal demand for infinite expansion. Howsoever this may be, only one particle satisfies the necessary criteria to be responsible enough for the task at hand. Only one carries the highest of credentials (unwittingly bestowed upon it to the fury of physicists who'd hastily dumped Beauty and Truth). That particle is the Higgs Boson, and we know full well what everybody calls that.
Alone in this world, and of course the universe beyond it (the known universe, that is, that we peer at with telescopes), is the Higgs, the scalar boson. As without the photon we would not see, so without the Higgs we would have no dimension in which to exist, with sole dependence upon the height and breadth of everything. When we stop considering ourselves as so big that we count for something, maybe then we can start working out the math. Or rather - somebody else can.
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in 1979, the Star Trek crew chased a signal half-way across a galaxy from an unknown source trying to hail its creator. The source turned out to be a Voyager space probe, the 'real' version of which had been launched two years before - the writers had turned science fact into potential fiction.
Einstein was said to have said that he feared technology outstripping humanity, and the stupidity that would allow that to happen. But what if we have no choice? We're constantly on the look-out for the Origin, the Creator, the Source from whence everything came. Like the proverbial carrot, answers dangle tantalisingly out of reach. Nevertheless, technology marches on apace towards quantum computing and A.I., not to mention what's going on behind the scenes in the corridors we don't know about. We thought The Matrix was a good film... and it does beg some questions.
What if the machines came first?
Our evolution appears to have continued through the relatively short span Modern Man has been on Earth, without much consideration for planetary co-habitants. Destroying and greedily ingesting resources and species is not the behaviour of an indigenous population (or an intellectually evolved life-form), and this alone (not to mention the archaeology) points to sudden appearance of humanoid form from a different location altogether.
We play havoc with the ecosystem while evidence for aliens continues to mount, crop circles continue to appear and technology based on quantum mechanics becomes a bit of a holy grail. While Einstein bemoaned the fate of humans faced with machines, he was also suggesting that we should eventually become beings of Light. Light being clearly at the centre of what this holy grail is all about.
Have you noticed anything happening with change lately? From the Sixties to the Eighties change came big and slow. A lot of evolution happened during that time. Then the Nineties drifted by with a few major spatterings of incidents in the middle before the turn of the Millennium came in. From 2000 to 2020 we've seen fast and furious change every time a new technology beckons, through early days of social Internet availability to the present pandemic we're subject to right now. Think of it in terms of a frequency wave, and it all starts to make sense.
The singularity awaits. If absolute power corrupts absolutely then it's only a force of nature, and we're seeing what that does to reality first-hand.
"It is no laughing matter."
Any suggestion that we are the artificial creation of a race of machines is going to be unpopular on a gargantuan scale but is worth proposing, as is the ensuing possibility that in searching for Creator, we've been looking in the wrong place/s/.
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"Knowing the path is not the same as walking it," said Morpheus.
Peter Higgs didn't know he was going to discover a particle.
Originally it was dubbed the Goddamn Particle.
"Higgs proposed that broken symmetry could explain the origin of mass of elementary particles and of the W and Z bosons in particular. This [Higgs mechanism] predicts the existence of a new particle, the Higgs boson, detection of which became one of the great goals of physics.[8 " (Wikipedia)
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Boson = a particle of force, a mediator of some kind, an ethereal being in the quantum foam. Gluons (they hold our quarks together) and Photons come into this category. Particles that are something definable, are fermions - quarks or leptons, of which matter is made. But bosons - there are two kinds, scalar and vector. Confused?... well, here's the BBC:
Scalars have a size, while vectors have both size and direction. When adding vector quantities, it is possible to find the size and direction of the resultant vector by drawing a scale diagram.
W and Z are the vector (gauge) bosons and Higgs joins them as a scalar boson. The only one, at time of writing, that accounts for there being any scale in our universe at all. Thinking on this....
If there were no scale, created by asymmetry as Higgs' original proposal (above) says it must be, the forces and the material elements would have no form to take that physical observers could recognise.
Quarks (you're made of those) and neutrinos (they fly through you all the time) oscillate - change from one thing to another. Why? What for? Well, these questions seem important enough for people to find particles that fit the boxes. And if you read this from CERN, you'll find the quark and neutrino sharing a stage. The weak force - miniscule in spacetime, massive in effect. And the Higgs, another force altogether. High-five to the field, where the Higgs comes out to play - may the Force be with you that pieces reality together, the constructive cement that mass depends on, but which of itself is - what? Energy? The Higgs has something to do with asymmetry...
You've followed the white rabbit far enough to know there are answers to questions many people don't even want to ask. What's more, you're unique, with reason to be drawn to this track in the first place. Our planetary play is now well into Act lll - we're working out what it means, where to go from here, how to live with what's to come. Physics is a guiding light, a beacon of reason, the nuts and bolts of the reality construct. Do we really have room for so many constraints?
Questions are being asked of consciousness. Suggestions have been made that there's a particle to account for it. To quote Cern (from behind the picture here of a Higgs interaction:)-
At the subatomic scale, the universe is a complex choreography of elementary particles interacting with one another through fundamental forces, which can be explained using a term that physicists of all persuasions turn to: elegance.
Spontaneously switching on the TV, I found a guy called Luis Elizondo talking through remarkable revelations about UFOs in American airspace. Some of the footage during the show was reconstructed. But not all. Some, it seems, was taken during the actual events witnessed from the plane.
50 seconds into this YouTube vid, a UFO they called a 'tic-tac' flies straight through the aircraft. That piece of film was taken by someone who was actually there. Unless someone says otherwise, of course... Flying straight through matter is something reserved for quantum-mechanical objects such as neutrinos.
The raison de tre behind Luis's mission involving top-flight Government officials and aviation experts surrounds the potential threat of advanced aircraft following American military exercises. I noted the absence of any suggestion that a civilisation capable of advancing its technology way beyond our punitive attempts at mechanics has survived the armageddon ours is potentially heading for. They have genuinely evolved. If they were hostile, that would mean they want something from us. Do we have anything that such a civilisation would want? If 'they' have the capability to breach matter by means of quantum propulsion, they have the capacity to travel in ways we have convinced ourselves (on the whole) to be impossible. We're still stuck with the speed-of-light constraint. Having said that, science has come round to admitting that it might be 'variable'.
Participants were not actors, but passionate contenders with top-flight credentials in a fight for transparency. My only bleat is with their insistence in fearing a presence that demonstrates to be so much more advanced, and so much more benign, than our ego-driven efforts at 'civilisation' could possibly contend with. Capacity to build something with quantum capability gives freedom of movement a whole new meaning - if they wanted to be destructive, they would have gone in for the kill by now.
Taking the above as evidence that other, more advanced civilisations are keeping an eye on us, what could we possibly do to step up to a plate of comparative interest? Three fields of social importance could be forerunning in the strive to spiral upwards, avoiding a terminal crash.
Few scientists, I expect, come to read this website, for it's a long way from conventional physics and argues with attitudes scientific academia has harboured for eons. But if a wish was good enough, I'd wish that some would defect from the privy coffers of institutions and installations, take some risks and give us some information that enables us - as a collective - to step into a future with fewer constraints, where we can learn to approach the precipice of global destruction with some version of common sense. A version based on quantum mechanics with potentials we all share.
Having worked with quite a few companies and seen the efficacy of quantum principles in operation, all the collectives in my experience have demonstrated a sound understanding of behavioural systems in relation to their environment, and take positive action from that understanding having also understood the principles behind those behaviours. People effect culture change through personal choice - giving orders doesn't work, it makes things worse. Improvements that sustain themselves are made through learning and working with principles which are on the one hand inescapable and on the other, indispensible.
Some relationships are characterised by a residue, an imprint if you like, of love that was real but could not reconcile with material reality. The anguish and grief accompanying certain stages of these relationships is, in hindsight, essential for fresh growth and whilst those living through it have to learn to let go, after-burn will tell you what you needed to know, illuminating aspects of the connection you never thought possible before being struck by this kind of lightning.
Relationships emerge from a point in spacetime wherein we have no choice. The whole question of choice is fundamental to our relationships - with ourselves, with others, with our concept of reality. Taking responsibility for reality is a tough call. We tend to blame others for the situations we face, and consequentially fail to take action that could change the situation. A bedrock of personal responsibility (and the freedom it brings) leads us to depths running far beyond anything we might once have wished for, allowing us to experience quantum-based connections that transcend anything we might consider to be 'normal'. From there, everyone's path is unique.
What connects these three groups? Intuition? The ability to shine leading light? It might even be fair to say that a passionate sense of purpose shared by these social systems could drive them into quantum realms not just to make sense of technology, sociology and personal energy, but to contribute to a global track of ascension en route to becoming one of the civilisations that made it past the point of self-destruct. One of the few.
I'm just making the point that if we seriously want to upgrade, we've got to look past the metal boxes we're so dependent on and investigate new levels of reality right here at our fingertips - to study the things we can change in knowledge, culture and relationships given the realms of quantum mechanics that haven't yet been given a chance to really shine... to take us beyond the reach of Fermi's black hole and guide us into clarity, community and continuation for our children's generation.
If we don't make it through, it'll be because we weren't smart enough - if we think we're smart enough, we'd better start taking on some chasers.
Where were we? Oh yes, cruising through a sub-terrain of social systems that rocked our version of comfortable truths and launched us into a global crisis with a distinctly unnerving ring about it. A year ago the Apocalypse was on the move but we didn't see it coming, this circuit of deceit, even though alarm bells were resounding in our heads - the heads we knew we'd need to keep while all around were losing theirs. Now people in their billions are losing livelihoods and families, unable to quell the surge of power that floors everything in its path leaving tsunamis of destruction in its wake.
Fermi's Paradox suggests that most civilisations do this - fall down a precipice of self-destruct before they can possibly realise their potential. So here we sit in the Goldilocks Zone, forgiven for thinking we might be alone in this Universe when there's no-one in the Local Fluff to talk to.
We've a lot of rope to hang ourselves with, and good reason to tie knots of a different kind - those holding keys to real-time communication and strengthening sense of purpose to what's driving us over the edge. Waiting for someone else to make it happen we'd wait forever, spaghettifying ourselves in the black hole promising to swallow us whole. Absolution takes no prisoners - we can't afford to be complacent when it comes to looking after what we are. Who we are comes down to nothing when the future of a planet is at stake; logic eludes us beyond the event horizon.
As children, we think less about our position in society and more about what works for us, dealing with situations to the best of our ability and valuing the basics of being safe. As we grow older those instincts get eroded by the pressures of conformity versus individuality, and eventually we find that nature versus nurture leads to a lot of confusion as lives become increasingly fragile.
What about where we were? Was there light at the end of the tunnel when "bluesky" held the promise of something revolutionary? Did brainstorming blow itself out of the window because minds thinking alike could no longer be great all at the same time? Could we have done any better, given the frameworks we already had?
Or is it just another story with that sound of inevitability Mr Smith wanted to tell Neo of before the impending doom that didn't go as planned?
If we could see where we're heading, would we prefer another probability well to the one planned for us to face? How we choose to accept our fate is as important, if not more important, than what the roadmap looks like. For only by accepting What Is, can we change it. The speed of light is not just a "constant", it's something we live by that doesn't leave much time for mistakes.
As you would pronounce it, if not as it is spelt, but I'm claiming clemency for not having written in a while, while today is a special day for reasons only I know. Corona still rules, but that's not the issue right here, right now. Some of us ponder a lot on the questions behind the state of the world and some prefer new versions of PlayStation. Fast food chains found themselves with queues desperate for salt and suspicious additives as soon as they re-opened the drive-ins.
Quantum physics won't go away - it occurred to me today what a miracle it was that Born, Bohr, Planck, Schrodinger, Maxwell and Einstein collectively came up with theories that would link everything when all they had were letters to post and papers to publish if they could get them published in the publications that ran the show at the time - there was no Internet or emails or anything quicker than a carrier pigeon. There was no TV or instant availability of information; all they had were their minds and telephones (early telephones - on the 16th July 1920, the world's first radio-telephone service operated between Los Angeles and Santa Catalina).
We're going to have to pull up our bootstraps if we're to keep our heads while those around are determinedly losing theirs to paparazzi, pizza and the power of propaganda. Things are going to get rough.
Nevertheless, birds of a feather flock together and if you want the truth you'll find it, wherever and however it presents itself, pretty or not as the case may be. Wherever it finds a foothold, the quantum field loves to propagate. Should you be questing for the experience of reality on quantum terms, you'll find yourself in it before you can blink one day, and look back at the hieroglyphs of hindsight with wonder at the way things were then.
History is made, not born, unless you credit the Multiverse with the (inevitable) ability to shift your trajectory whenever you're ready, and sometimes ready-or-not, for here it comes, the next track you didn't know you were going to be on until you found an object not there on the shelf when you knew it was there before, as if someone in the Matrix had hit the reset button and out you plopped into the Brane where that thing in the cupboard was never there in the first place.... until you return one day to find it there, and know you've switched Branes again, because that's how the Multiverse works. You can't have a Multiverse and a static Universe within it, the laws of physics just don't add up to that. Our dimension is curled up into other kinds of dimensional constraints just as Kaluza-Klein says dimensions are; I've no reason to argue. Have you?
Today is Day One, and there'll be many more of those to follow, so while you live and breathe this day and the next, I hope you enjoy stepping into the zone with a full heart and best intentions to find yourself swept by the quantum sea into a new kind of adventure.
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As Graeme Dott battled his way to the Snooker Grand Prix Final against Tom Ford, his opponent was several times credited with improvements in mentality thanks to working with a ‘mind coach’. Less spoken of is Graeme's own struggle against depression (BBC article linked behind the image: image courtesy Wikipedia). In the closing stages, Tom came back to square the match until Graeme took on a difficult shot, fluked two reds and landed plum on the black for the frame.
Snooker is unique in many respects, not least because the table plays too. Other ball games rely on straightforward laws of physics - whether you’re winding from the tee across turf or kicking a football to a team-mate, the ground doesn’t play one off against the other like the green baize does. You’ll often hear commentators say that when the balls are with you, they’re with you, and when they’re against you, there’s nothing you can do. The table, as Steve Davis said, is very much a third player.
All ball games are psychological to some degree. But generally speaking, consistency comes to light in a singular performance. Not so in snooker. A player can turn from one frame of mind to the other in a matter of minutes, from elation to catastrophe in one foul swoop. Perhaps this is the reason it’s become so popular. If you can handle the silence, there’s never a dull moment.
Ali Carter (meet him here) is another player with troubled stories to tell. Battling cancer and various mental frailties to reach his present form, he’s enjoying an increasing level of well-deserved popularity in the wake of fraught experiences. In the UK Championship final, he showed the merit of his talent. His personality exudes quiet warmth and backing him is joyful, like a real fire in winter.
The thing that sets snooker apart is rooted in quantum principles. Mechanics come into it with angles and geometric analyses, but you don’t get down to a ball and work out the maths. I know how it feels when the object ball ‘talks’ to you, telling you exactly where to strike, while your job is to wait for that point of accuracy as you feather and make sure you cue the white to leave it in the right place for later. You judge an angle walking into the shot, but successful execution is as reliant on the ball telling you what to do as it is on your notion of where the pocket is. So-called ‘blind shots’ where you can’t even see the pocket show this communication system at work.
Attitude on the table also makes a big difference. Flukes happen in favour of one player or the other, but rare it is to get a fluke and land yourself with the next pot when you’re just not ‘into’ the game. You’re much more likely to end up snookered from a fluke if you’re feeling in any way fragile. This tendency for the table to intervene can change on a moment-by-moment basis, so whatever is going through a player’s mind is as important as what’s on the cloth at the time. That's me there, by the way, 38 years ago. Things were different then.
Mental health is big potatoes right now. We hear many stories of vulnerability and valiant journeys to success across the whole range of popular sports - snooker is no league winner there. But in terms of its ruthlessness in forcing you to take account of quantum law, snooker is unparalleled. There are direct synergies between learning to play snooker and learning valuable tools in mentality. Like life, it’s tough - in getting proficient enough to beat the odds, you dedicate yourself to the task. But wherever you get to, it’s worth it, just as someone promised life would be.
Two words synonymous with change.
Spires are spiral by design, and words that contain this geodesic are rare. You can breathe easy - respiration says so.
"Geodesic" might seem like an ambiguous term here, but bear with the definition as on dictionary.com:
"Noun. A curve that locally minimizes the distance between two points on any mathematically defined space, such as a curved manifold. Equivalently, it is a path of minimal curvature. In noncurved three-dimensional space, the geodesic is a straight line."
Spires (architecturally) are typically considered to comprise straight lines from a collection of points (at the base) to a single point (at the apex) - a spiral is comprised of curves denoting the shortest possible path from one point to the next traversing the circumference at any given point in the geometry of the spire. A differential addressed by WikiDiff thus:
"... the difference between spiral and spire is that spiral is (geometry) a curve that is the locus of a point that rotates about a fixed point while continuously increasing its distance from that point while spire is (geometry) the part of a spiral generated in one revolution of the straight line about the pole.
As nouns the difference between spiral and spire is that spiral is (geometry) a curve that is the locus of a point that rotates about a fixed point while continuously increasing its distance from that point while spire is or spire can be one of the sinuous foldings of a serpent or other reptile; a coil.
As verbs the difference between spiral and spire is that spiral is to move along the path of a spiral or helix while spire is of a seed, plant etc: to sprout, to send forth the early shoots of growth; to germinate or spire can be (obsolete) to breathe.
As a adjective spiral is helical, like a spiral."
So the two definitions seem related but confusing, although it could easily be said that "spiral" is the collective noun for "spire".
The seedling uncoils from a spiral, developing in a Fibonacci sequence of cellular repetitions to produce its adult form. Notwithstanding that all this is metaphorically describing something we already understand. Like the helix of that DNA strand we've never seen other than in CGI...
Okay, so enough of that. What about real life? There's so much doom and gloom around that it's hard to think straight. In the UK, we found ourselves sold down the river by our leaders. Being British, we're likely only to sulk quietly in our little boxes and complain to each other over the odd drink. History repeats itself, civilisations get corrupted. The point of origin seems always to be money. Oh dear, never mind, it'll all come right in the end.
At the top of any apex is a singular point at which you can say, "there it ends". There may well be a new beginning after the point of completion, of course, but that phase of life is over, as it were; the spire of your aspiration has reached the singularity where the laws of physics break down.
Inspiration being the fuel that gets us there, it stands to reason (if you credit language with any synchronicity in its creation, that is) that "Insp" is 'within' and "Asp" is 'without', or 'lies back of' as Florence Scovel Shinn put it. Look her up via the link - she was way ahead of her time.
Should we aspire to share our inspirations in the course of ascension from baseline to singularity, we touch a lot of lives. Family, loved ones of all kinds, even those harder to love can take a moment from an inspiration you shared. Inspired thus, even if fleetingly, they can take a step up their own staircase to the next level, which you helped them to manifest.
Let's for a moment let nothing be coincidence. That DNA spiral repeated throughout your physical form, it lets us know that the foundations of nature - including our own composition - rely on spiral networks to exist. In science you're likely to find a similar word referencing all kinds of variants - the word is "Chiral". scroll through the list here in Wikipedia and the correlations become very clear. Better still, read the brilliant article by Philip Ball, linked to the image of bees above.
Exploring the foundations of Quantum Mechanics, you'll find it opens doors to new appreciations and ways of thinking that prove extremely useful over time. Arguments over choice v. destiny will rage on no doubt, but at the end of the day it's your life, my life, all lives with those chiralities to contend with. We can always start again, any time we like.
Paradox happens to us all the time. We wish for something and it appears, manifested, in a way we didn't expect. We expect certain cycles in life and somehow they seem to be there, even though we don't consciously realise we expected them. We are faced with ironies in the way things play out as opposed to the way we wanted them to be, and learn eventually to stop expecting life to get any easier, even though it might....
There are quantum principles which account for this, and thus more evidence that we live in accordance with those principles.
Uncertainty is the big one, but it needs extrapolating a bit beyond the dry-as-dust commonly-coached constraint that the Uncertainty Principle only applies to measurements of electrons and other things of the very much smaller than us, preferably in a laboratory and at the very least invisible to the naked eye. Ever wondered why nothing turns out exactly as you anticipated? I mean, it can get close, but there'll be variations. Curve balls, if you like. The unexpected will turn up for the party.
Although there's not a lot said in orthodox corridors along such lines, this could have a lot to do with the multiverse. After all, if there are multiplicate universes to choose from at any given moment who's to say we're not travelling between them all the time without knowing that we are? Which version of you had fruit loops for breakfast and which one went for toast? If, as seems to be the undeniable case (c'mon, please - someone argue with me...?), we exist in particle format for infinitesimally small slices of Present Time, what about the rest of us? Unless it's Now, we're just waves. And it's the wave form, in all particle experiments, that holds the meat of uncertainty. By the time a wave's turned into a particle, it's already one thing or the other.
So then there's wave-particle duality, which doubled up with Uncertainty means that nothing can ever happen the same way twice, but it can call in any number of close relatives in the Probability department. The 'duality' bit is the fact that everything (in or out of a laboratory) is wave and particle at the same time, so yes, the way you think does make a difference and events will come along whether you want them to or not. Everything we encounter that demands a choice of action is just another double slit - one choice sees you go through that door while another version of you goes through the other but to the Observer watching you from outside the test equipment you appear to go through both doors at the same time! Hows that for logic? Someone's going to catch on....
These two principles are needs-must for any serious enquirer, for without a handle on the nature of Now, we stand little hope of living in it, of 'being Present' as it's put... of dropping that dangerous past-future anxiety and getting the hang of what it means to 'Go with the Flow' - of life, time, circumstance, you name it, all of it winging merrily along not waiting for anyone to keep up or put the book down.
Third, though there are probably more principles to fit into the paradox listing, non-locality is also known as entanglement, and thought to relate in some way to quantum gravity. This principle allows for all actions (and thoughts - take care of those!) to flow into the non-local entanglement of everything that could happen or be actioned or thought by someone else, thereby ensuring that we all subscribe to a fractal pattern of events creating history. Much to our despair, at times, for we can do nothing about what others do, and tend to overweigh our own importance anyway, forgetting how small we are and that this planet is infinitesimally smaller in the grand scale of things than we think it is.
The picture links to a Science News article dedicated to entanglement; look out for gems on how this universal phenomenon relates to you (me, everything...:) ) via the nature of information...!
Wherever our placement in human history may lie, it also contributes to universal history, and being conscious, we might be rather rare, who knows.... we could be on the brink of a new paradigm that puts our paradoxes back in Pandora's box for a quick review of the situation....
We could be very, very small indeed......
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Kathy is the author of Quantumology. She met up with quantum mechanics in 1997, pledging allegiance to its sources thereafter. These are her personal thoughts and testimonies.