Monday, February 14, 2005


Bill DeSmedt's Singularity

Finished, this weekend, Singularity by Bill DeSmedt, which "juggles Clancy, Crichton, and The Da Vinci Code". It covers the mystery of the Tunguska incident in Siberia in 1908, the physics of black holes, and Quantum Mechanics. Here's a quote that I found fascinating:
"Back in the mid-sixties, a researcher name of John Bell designed an experiment. Bell's Inequality, it's called. Took over fifteen years before anybody could figure how to carry it out, but when they did, Bell's Inequality proved--proved, mind you--that our electron has neither a definite location nor a definite speed until somebody decides to look at one or the other."


"The relevance is that it makes particle physics a branch of psychology."


"A branch of psychology. Think about it: here we have the best-tested, most reliable theory in the history of science. A theory, by the way, that's essential to the workings of everything from your laptop there, to these little seatback HDTV's for the in-flight movie. And what it's saying, when you get right down to it, is..."


What it's saying, is: it takes conscious choices, by conscious minds, to make reality real."

That means that it's all a conversation. Nothing is real until we think it so. The United States did not not exist until it was imagined. Closer to home, if you told yourself "I'm not good at art or math", your conversation became reality. Fascinating book about the physics of Singularity, and so much more. I'm waiting for the sequel.

Mover Mike

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