Scientists say the Uncertainty Principle is simply a case of not being able to take two measurements at the same time. Brian Cox called anyone who thought differently a "purveyor of tripe" . We are all unique - every grain of sand and snowflake being unique, has this nothing to do with Uncertainty? Seems likely to be a connection in there, and Heisenberg might even agree.
Electrons are fuzzy things, not pinpointable because they zing their way round and through several dimensions at once and somehow land up here in this Universe just long enough to fend off the pesky Positrons. So not being able to pin down an electron, which is where this whole uncertainty-principle thing first started, is one thing. Not being able to pin down anything at all is, tbh, more like it.
One life as we know it, Jim - all else is conjecture but it's good to know about Uncertainty. Where would we be without the U.P.? Here's a microtubule in the brain, best as we can picture it - this is the one place in the body you'll find coherent water, the incredible properties of which you can learn about behind the pic. Unless you're feeling really scientific, in which case you're going to love this...
Look at the bigger picture - the Multiverse. Almost everyone now agrees with Everett, now that quantum mechanics has proved so many dimensions and variables to exist. That's a lot of Universes, mind, and a lot of options, probably stretching to Infinity if we could bring ourselves to face it, but Renormalisation is easier so..... back to the comfort zone. What for? Who doesn't want to know how to get the best out of what they've got?
Time - on our side, with the Past and Future waves of Advance and Retard crashing into the Present at the same time and hey, doesn't it suddenly make sense that we're crazy, clever and making mistakes while we're waking up to Now and what we can do with it, somewhere our species hasn't really been before. At least not in living memory. Behind the bubbles you'll find Quanta Magazine saying much the same thing.
What if we, like the electron, are buzzing in and out of Multiversal states all the time, without realising it? How can every thing be unique without infinite proportions to choose from? And that, extrapolated into our neural framework, means that we are freer to choose or not to choose than we were before, because knowing that both are necessary for our movement through Time allows us the pleasure of appreciation, the feeling of what it is to be happy with yourself, instead of beating ourselves up and crashing back into the pan of Past/Future Anxiety where everything loses its own plot.
The simplest things are binary, 1 and 0 making a code that replicates itself and can do so in infinite combinations any way anything wants it to, from computer programming to barcodes in simple versions of the way we do things. Binary suffices all requirements of data, and a lot of things in Nature tend to follow it - the fuzzy improbabilities of the electron and the probability that this table will still be here in the morning have some kind of relationship. They either are (1), or they are not (0).
If we can be in so many places at once then why shouldn't identical snowflakes fall where no-one is watching them, and identical grains of sand appear in remote corners of the world where they can't be found? Commonality is the thing in the rarity of symmetry, because Nature is not fond of symmetry and scientists have long hated that.
Back to Charnia, where the lions and witches had us wondering about our wardrobes..... but if you want Wiki's take it's right there behind the picture, where Life first began to take Form....
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.