My first quantum epiphany
Posted: Posted March 21st
Edited March 21st by Louis De Pointe du Lac
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I've understood general relativity for a while now but never really got to grasping quantum mechanics - it's rival - until recently. Now I've had my first quantum epiphany and it really is kind of mind blowing. So on a subatomic level fate is a wave that can be broken and manipulated - physically manipulated. By shooting it through a crystal you can break this wave and create two fates. However this "fate wave" only exists until it is directly observed. Afterwards it transforms into a particle. In other words one of the most basic building blocks of reality doesn't exist in physical form until it is measured. Then on top of that fate is a thing. Not just a philosophical idea but an actual factual thing that interacts with -REPLACES- sub-matter when we're not looking. We actually have strong evidence to support this madness. Enough to convince the majority of academia that this is a fact... wow...

Then it gets weirder. If more than one particle is created from the same "fate wave" then they are entangled together. Each will react and interact with the other regardless of how far apart they are from each other. If one particle is spinning in one direction then a brother particle could be thousands of light years away and instantly know to spin in the opposite direction - breaking the principle of locality which more or less states that information has to travel through space at or slower than the speed of light.

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Makes perfect sense to me!

Posted March 22nd by elemtilas
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Your sarcasm is a superimposition of both an agreement and a disagreement until you stop joking and collapse the very function. ^_^

Posted March 22nd by Louis De Pointe du Lac
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Don't worry about understanding it. As Richard Feynman said, "If you think you understand quantum mechanics, you don't understand quantum mechanics" and he's one of the leading theorists/researchers, so!

Posted March 23rd by linguistcat
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But what I mean is that it is starting to make sense in a weird "nonsense" kind of way.

Also maybe the Principle of Locality isn't violated after all. At least not where it counts. The act of us measuring something, and the act of sharing that information, does have to travel through space at or below the speed of light. And it is the act of measuring that brings particles into existence in a meaningful way. So even if they can spin in opposite ways instantly through vast distances, this means nothing to the Universe until they've passed through the "relativity-obeying measurement" check point.

Edited March 23rd by Louis De Pointe du Lac
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That's fair and a good way to view it. Especially since, say you measure a particle on one side of the universe and I measure its entangled partner. Until we can communicate with each other (and figure out any relativistic issues), we won't know if you measured your particle which collapsed mine, I measured mine which collapsed yours, o we by chance collapsed them both. Information still has to travel at the speed of light, like you said.

Posted March 27th by linguistcat
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I have a confession to make.
I’m perfectly capable of collapsing without being observed!

Posted April 16th by chiarizio
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like this.

Posted April 22nd by chiarizio
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