The above joke is actually quite funny for physicists, since it illustrates the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. The uncertainty principle is that you can know the speed of a particle, and you can know its position – But you cannot know both at the same time.
Quantum mechanics is among some of the weirdest forms of science that exists on this planet. Niels Bohr once said “If you think you understand quantum mechanics, you don’t know anything about it.”
I am therefor going to try to explain 3 of the most absurd principles in quantum mechanics, using your mind as an example. Let me therefor start out by asking you a simple question.
Do you prefer Coke or Pepsi?
There exists only a finite number of possible logical answers to the above question. The reasonable answers, are listed below.
- What is Coke and/or Pepsi?
However, as you answered that question, a “meme” got a locality in time and space. Arguably the same way an elementary particle gets its position in time and space when you observe it. Before we observe the elementary particle, it is simply a “mere potential”, and exists as a wave, throughout the entire universe. The double slit experiment proved this early in the 20th Century.
The contradiction between being a “wave” and a “particle” at the same time, is therefor easily explained – Since what you are measuring, is not the actual meme, but rather its projection, into the physical dimension, which is the answer given by the guy you asked the question. What he answers you with his words, are not the same thing he has in his mind. It is only a “projection” of the idea he has inside of his mind. And the same idea, is shared between millions of other people, all around the world. Hence the “meme” of that you preferred Coke, Pepsi, etc – Is not dependent upon your physical brain, and in fact not even dependent upon you being alive. It is something you share with a huge parts of the rest of the world, and not in fact a part of “you”.
Then imagine a bunch of monks. They live in a monastery, and they all obey the same rules. Now go ask one of these monks the following question.
Do you drink alcohol?
When the monk gives his answer, you immediately know the answer to the same question, regardless of which of these monks you had asked. Simply since his answer is “We are not allowed to drink beer, since we are monks.”
It doesn’t matter if the other monks are on the other side of the universe, they would still give you the same answer to the same question. This is superposition in practice. They all hold the same “meme”, regardless of where in time and space they are. Hence they’re meme is in fact one single meme, they all share between themselves.
Yet again, the idea of that their “mind” exists solely because of that their brain is currently wired up, and actually functioning, AKA; They’re alive – Is an illusion!
Then imagine you teach some alien guy the rules of mathematics. You send him out to to Sirius, and ask him the following question.
What is 2+2
At that exact moment, you know what every single human being who accurately understands the rules of math will give you as an answer to the exact same question. This is entanglement in practice.
All of the above three examples, are good analogies for superposition, entanglement and nonlocality from quantum mechanics – And shows us a very easily understood path to actually understanding quantum mechanics, based upon how our minds actually work.
And combined, they actually proves that our “minds” is first of all not ours. Secondly, not in any ways dependent upon you physically being alive. You being alive, simply gives us another point to observe these probability waves, the same way an observer observes an electron passing through one of the slits in the double slit experiment.
The point …?
Sorry for not being sorry for messing with your brain.
You see, I didn’t really explain quantum mechanics for you. I concealed parts of my intention for you. I will explain to you what my intentions actually was though, in the following paragraph(s).
I have just proven that your mind, which is based upon memes, literally is a quantum machine. Hence what your mind is producing, which are memes, are in fact things that obeys by the rules of quantum mechanics.
Hence, what the mystics have tried to teach us for centuries, is arguably correct. Not a single scientist on the earth can prove me wrong, without also proving quantum mechanics wrong. Therefor, by teaching you quantum mechanics as analogies, through how your mind works – I literally proved that your mind is a quantum machine, and obeys by the laws of quantum mechanics.
The reason why this is important to understand, is because the “superstitious people among us”, which hold the belief in spirituality, and things besides a pure physical dimension, have tried to put forth this argument for literally hundreds of years. They have also been consistently ridiculed for attempting to do so. In fact, I have also proven that your mind, literally has a life after death – Since none of the ideas it is created out of, are things that goes away as you die – Unless every other sentient and logical human beings in the universe also dies at the same time.
So using the rules of science, I have arguably proven that there exists life after death, assuming somebody is around in the universe, after you have died.
By flipping a simple switch, I have scientifically proven all the mystics to be right, and the sceptics to be wrong – Creating a theory, impossible to prove wrong, and easily proven right, and reproduced within a scientific and empiric context!
Sorry science, you were wrong, and the mystics were right. Alfred Nobel, here I come!! 😉