"Knowing the path is not the same as walking it," said Morpheus to Neo.
Peter Higgs didn't know he was going to discover a 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 so-called Higgs mechanism, proposed by several physicists besides Higgs at about the same time, predicts the existence of a new particle, the Higgs boson, detection of which became one of the great goals of physics.[8
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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.
Over at Quantumology (the Facebook group), live discussions are going into the mix so that we can look at these anomalies more deeply. Physicists are there, along with those who've never been a physicist, and some who never wanted to. Everyone is on the same quest - to dig into these questions deeply enough to find some serious answers surfacing from the digging. Come and check out the excavations!
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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 don't, some prefer new versions of PlayStation and pizza. Fast food chains found themselves with queues desperate for salt and suspicious additives as soon as they re-opened the drive-ins.
Quantum physics hasn't gone away, but 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 the paparazzi 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 to follow, so if you live and breathe this day and the next, I hope you enjoy it, and that you step into the zone with a full heart and best intentions to find yourself swept by the quantum sea into a new kind of adventure - one where you find yourself, and be yourself, and feel all those things that quantum particles promise with total certainty you can-can.
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 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......
Scientists have seriously theorised that the soul does not die, but exits the body at death and 'goes back to the Universe'. How can this happen, scientifically speaking? For while the soul lives with us, here in this reality, it must be manifesting itself somehow. As the article behind the cliffhanger explains, the computation of the soul seems to reside in microtubules. But the composite soul, given that ghosts are seen generally with clothes on, doesn't stop there.
Most people, even if they're skeptical, have had some experience of metaphysics - whether it's something to do with dimensions or spirits, the experience goes into the 'spooky' category, where Einstein put non-locality.
Quarks - or more specifically, quark matter - make/s up around 27% of our mass. [Thanks to Vladimir Kekelidze at SQM19 for that piece of invaluable information.] Quarks have the strange ability to oscillate (from one version of themselves, known as a 'flavour', to another), sharing this ability only with (as far as we know) the neutrino. So what if this quark matter is the material on which our cellular and soulular bodies hinge together? There's pretty good ground for this theory, if you take the breadth of probabilities into account.
Oscillation takes place at speeds we don't know about, while scientists are still arguing over the speed-of-light problem (whether it can be exceeded, thus violating general relativity, or whether quantum processes naturally bypass the problem by ignoring time altogether). Where two particles are involved in the process, there arises the issue of non-separability, argued between Einstein and Schroedinger and expanded upon usefully here.
In searching for the substance of the soul, or the energy signature which survives death, we could be looking for that part of quark-gluon plasma that exists simultaneously within this dimension (the one our 5 senses perceive) and in other dimensions (including whichever dimension our energy goes to after we die). When we wear our clothes, they become part of us. Walking around with clothes on feels so natural that it could be said the quark matter of our clothes and that of our bodies becomes entangled, which is not difficult to imagine being the case, and if (as is usually so) we die with clothes on, it would make sense, perhaps, that clothes and body share whatever separation takes place between this realm and the next.
Should quark matter prove to be the bridge between the 3D particle format we have to live with (on the strictly surface level of consciousness) and the dimensions or branes housing those other existences Everett and his fans are fully aware have to be there, this knowledge gives us a gateway to explore those Other Options on our world-line more effectively. By simple virtue of knowing they are there, Other Options become infinitely more attractive, and the more we believe in that awful 'Law of Attraction' stuff having some kind of basis in real science, the more obvious it becomes that the Now is more important than the Was and the What Is leads to What Will Be through a finely balanced combination of oscillation and choice.
More than likely, you've pondered the life-after-death scenario as I have, and concluded that there must be something in it, as Dr Lanza would have us believe. I believe some time ago he said something about microtubules.....
All images have their origins linked behind them - shadow-like, but definitely there.
Mental health is the biggest thing since sliced bread these days. Big corporations are investing in the labels that mean something to the general populace, making a poultice if you like, so that they can be seen to care about something they don't understand. Is there any evidence of reduced stigma against people with mental health issues? "No," they (have to) say, "but we're working on it," with training programmes for middle management ticking the right boxes. But we're not fooled, even if it all sounds great, because deep down we know it's just another sham.
Quantum biology is also hot property, offering the tantalising opportunity to consider evolution as a quantum leap through a wormhole (if you're inclined towards singularities), or tunnelling one's way through a probability well to come out the other side as something ‘evolved'.
Mathematically it might be difficult to determine how much we should have evolved in the time already spent on this planet we're busily desecrating, and / versus how much we've spent spinning around technology we should - perhaps - have got past by now. No-one quite knows where quantum physics came from - it had a few fathers all at once, about 100 years ago.
Should we now be reaching a point of natural evolution (which transcends the tendency towards self-destruction) does it not make sense that the raft of ‘mental illnesses' we're still struggling to assimilate have hailed in our direction because it's time to wake up, this reality is upon us and needs to be heard, felt, seen, understood because now is the time it's going to matter more than ever before....???
Bipolar - experience of emotional polarity. Depression - pressed to view the darkest things of life and be challenged to find the light in them. Schizophrenia - a convenient way to cross the metaphysical divide into realms where ‘other (inhabited) dimensions' might lurk - heaven forbid anyone to say this is Woo, because nobody knows. Nobody knows for sure. ADHD - an escape from inertia. Autism - fast track to genius capacity. And so the beat goes on, hinting that we can categorise in a different way, without the constraints on the labels and the constant battering of bias into the equation. If you're a scientist with a ‘mental health issue', perhaps you're blessed. B flat? Maybe we're on the warpath for all the wrong reasons. Or maybe we're still trying to find out what's good in the way we really are.
Behind the pics, there's evidence.....
Let's get really scientific and see what the scientists say.
Wave forms are what we're riding, all the time - only being made of particles right now, at the present moment, the You that was just reading that has now become an Advanced wave packet, and the You yet to get to the next sentence is waiting in the form of Retarded waves (those that travel forwards in time). In between the two, You right now are reading this with eyes made of particles that have collapsed the wave function, transmitting information into a brain that has also collapsed the wave function, simultaneously with all the other parts of you and of everything you see around you, which - you guessed it - has also been collapsing the wave function at exactly the same time.
So in all this leaping about from one particular scenario to the next, let's look at the language - a particular event is, yes, an event in which our particles (and everyone else's) converged to engage in a 'particle moment' that our memory - wherever that is - can remember. But it's gone now. No going back to the past that isn't here and can never be again.....
Meanwhile, here you are reading me in particle reality, subjected to the four forces of nature - the strong, weak, gravitational and electromagnetic. Each of these forces has a corresponding particle that 'carries' it - the photon carries electromagnetism, the gluons that make up our quarkish material carry the strong force, the graviton hasn't been found yet (because its cute relationship with infinity causes a few problems), and as for the weak force, well... there are Bosons, W and Z bosons in particular, carrying weak force, which is only found to operate (experimentally) over the shortest of possible subatomic distances. But there's more to the weak force than meets the eye, for like the neutrino and the strangeness of quark-gluon plasma, the weak force carries certain conundrums. In allowing for oscillation, it breaks rules. In fact it violates them, like charge-parity for instance, and could well be involved in the phenomenon of entanglement, although at the time of writing there's no scientific evidence for this - investigation is, let's say, in the Restricted Zone.
Let's say we've got to grips with some of this stuff in everyday life, knowing it's there. We know that gravity holds us steady on a planet revolving at a little more than 1,000mph in its spin at the Equator, while it revolves around the Sun at 67,000mph. (Just because we don't feel the G-force doesn't mean it isn't there.) We know too that the electromagnetic spectrum affords us a glimmer of opportunity to see what's going on thanks to visible light (which itself makes up just 0.0035 of the whole EM spectrum). The strong and weak forces hold our bodies (along with all other matter) together, but only the weak force allows for flexibility. The weak force enables transitions from one thing to another. And quoting Wikipedia, "The weak interaction is the only fundamental interaction that breaks parity-symmetry, and similarly, the only one to break charge parity symmetry."
So now we've got an idea of the strangeness of this force, what about an Alogy? Take a look at the article (from PhysicsWorld) behind this last picture and you will read that:
"The experiment establishes for the first time that the weak charge on the electron varies with distance — a phenomenon called “running”.
Ok. We're running - fine. What we do know, deep down, is that all these components of Nature make us what we are, and we want to be better at being what we are than we have been for some time now, given that civilization is nearing the point of Singularity and we haven't even got our own houses in order. Critical is it not to take account of our mass and know what drives it, that we might make use of fuel in more interesting ways, to illuminate constraints and get us far enough from constants to experience some wonderment before global corruption bores us literally to death.
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.