Potato, Potahto…

•July 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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What we say and how we say it exacts a profound influence over how we experience the world – including our perceptions of “objective” reality. Is there such a thing?

A Facebook discussion on how language shapes the mind.

Meowza!

•July 17, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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“In a new paper published as the July 2014 cover article in Nature Photonics, physicists Hyunseok Jeong, et al., at institutions in South Korea, Italy, and Australia, have devised and experimentally demonstrated a novel scheme to generate entanglement between quantum and classical (or “particle-like” and “wave-like”) states of light. This study marks the first time that physicists have generated entanglement between a single photon and a coherent wave-like state of light.”

Entanglement between particle and wave-like states of light resembles Schrodinger’s cat experiment (Update) – Phys.org

Because Al, from “Quantum Leap” :D

•December 13, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Simulations back up theory that Universe is a hologram – Nature

The Jewel at the Heart of Space and Time

•September 24, 2013 • 2 Comments

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“… the separation between past, present, and future is only an illusion, although a convincing one.” – Albert Einstein
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“The amplituhedron is not built out of space-time and probabilities; these properties merely arise as consequences of the jewel’s geometry… Encoded in its volume are the most basic features of reality that can be calculated, “scattering amplitudes,” which represent the likelihood that a certain set of particles will turn into certain other particles upon colliding.

… The 60-year-old method for calculating scattering amplitudes — a major innovation at the time — was pioneered by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman….“The number of Feynman diagrams is so explosively large that even computations of really simple processes weren’t done until the age of computers,” Bourjaily said….In 1986, it became apparent that Feynman’s apparatus was a Rube Goldberg machine.”

A Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics – Quanta Magazine

After You, Red Shirts

•September 12, 2013 • Leave a Comment

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“A team of University of Queensland physicists has transmitted an atom from one location to another inside an electronic chip.

The team, which includes Dr Arkady Fedorov and Dr Matthias Baur from UQ’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems and the School of Mathematics and Physics, published its findings in Nature.

Dr Fedorov said the team had achieved quantum teleportation for the first time, which could lead to larger electronic networks and more functional electronic chips.

‘This is a process by which quantum information can be transmitted from one place to another without sending a physical carrier of information,’ Dr Fedorov said.

‘In this process the information just appears at the destination, almost like teleportation used in the famous science fiction series Star Trek.’”

One step closer to teleportation – Science Alert

Singularity Singled Out?

•August 22, 2013 • 1 Comment
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<<If this idea turns out to be right — and that is a very big if — it could pave the way for new ways to think about our universe. If we are lucky, they might even be as revolutionary as Edwin Hubble’s, almost a century ago.>>

Vintage Wheeler

•August 7, 2013 • Leave a Comment

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My take: If we can get to the place where we understand that “reality” and what we perceive as its aspects are self-organizing data/information in constant flux within an interrelational context, the question posed by this article becomes moot. The rest – including debates about direct observation versus “indirect” observation (that is, observation via instruments designed by humans for the purpose of observation and that ultimately have a human making an observation of the instruments’ observations) – is mental masturbation… as are any attempts at using human thinking to disprove human thinking.

It is (Western) linguistic determinism and material reductionism that would advance an argument otherwise and make any of this more complicated than it actually is.

Does the Universe Exist if We’re Not Looking? – Discover

 
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