Theories and speculations

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  • On crossing a road

    Probability seems a simple concept. We `are used to thinking about it when gambling, or playing games, or calling a dice. It’s easy to calculate, up to a point. You just divide the number of times something happens by the number of times it could happen, and multiply by 100 to arrive at a percentage. […]

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  • No binary?

    Quantum physics enables us to understand in a scientific way why there is not always an opposite. In western thought, mythology, and culture, opposites form the structure of understanding and belief. Binary thought is, in fact, such an ingrained habit that it is hard to conceptualise anything without conceiving at the same time of an […]

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  • How non-local are you?

    Relativity and quantum mechanics could sit very easily together if it wasn’t for the issue of locality. What does this mean? Relativity is based on the realisation that time is elastic. This just means that the further you are from the earth’s core the faster time moves. So time travels more quickly at the top […]

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  • History vs geography

    Which is right? Silly question. It’s easy to see that history and geography are compatible but different. Much the same can be said for quantum mechanics and relativity. Relativity depends on measurement of time, and famously shows that time runs faster at the top of a mountain than at the bottom. Accurate atomic clocks can […]

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  • The physics of fiction

    The enquiries in these essays began with a way I had imagined of reading Dickens, and of approaching the reading of literature, and although I have touched on reading a number of times, I would like to conclude where I began, with a brief discussion of literature, and, because that is too big a subject, […]

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  • The Amazon box: delivering an imaginary boundary between classical reality and quantum physics

    Jim Al-Khalili was on Radio 4 a little while ago talking about quantum physics and his new Time project. He was being asked why, in quantum physics, time does not exist, and responded by describing the way we divide quantum physics from ‘normal’ thinking. The question was, “Is there some threshold at which matter starts […]

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  • Seven questions we should be asking about the probabilistic nature of quantum physics

    Quantum physics has a terrible reputation for being difficult, if not impossible to understand. This reputation sometimes appears to be actively promoted by physicists. Feynman’s observation that “if you think you understand quantum physics you don’t understand quantum physics” has itself confused and deterred a whole generation of thinkers and critics who do not ‘do […]

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  • DALDRY’S CATS

    I am a little bemused at some of the apparent nonsense I have read about entanglement, so in the hope of demystifying it I have devised a thought experiment not unlike the one Schroedinger proposed to demonstrate superposition. In this experiment there are two cats, and the box is divided into two compartments linked by […]

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  • Superposition in fiction (WIP)

    Superposition is the simultaneous and concurrent existence of conflicting states in probability. Schrodinger’s Cat is the most famous example of an hypothetical superposition. Schrodinger’s Cat was the famous physicist’s thought experiment, in which a cat is placed in a box with a poison and an unpredictable trigger release. The cat may or may not be […]

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  • The laws of causality

    All events have one cause, and a limitless number of possible causes. All events may be considered to cause one further event, but cause a limitless number of possible further events. No cause or event, past, present or future, is determined other than by probability. An event can only be considered to be caused, or […]

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