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 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......
Kathy is the author of Quantumology. She met quantum mechanics in 1997 and pledged allegiance to its sources thereafter. These are her personal thoughts and testimonies. For professional testimonials please see Programmes.