Quantum superposition of Love & Hate

“There’s a thin line between love and hate”

Maybe not a line. Opposites may coexist. In a quantum superposition.

In Quantum Physics, a superposition is two states that can exist simultaneously.  Take an electron.  It has a property called “spin”, from which we can draw an analogy with the spin we know, like a spinning top.  Spin can be clockwise or anticlockwise.

But imagine that it could be both. With particles like electrons, we may not know their spin… and they may not ‘decide’ what their spin is… until we perform some kind of operation on them, i.e. we do something to them, like observe them. Simply looking at them with the appropriate method can ‘force’ them to choose if their spin is clockwise or anticlockwise. It’s a bit like asking them a question:
Us: “Are you clockwise or anticlockwise?”
Electron: “Err, clockwise… for now.”
After which it may revert to being indecisive again. Like some people.

The correspondence principle states that the behaviour of systems described by quantum mechanics reproduces in our larger, classical world. The famous thought experiment by Schrödinger – dubbed Schrödinger’s Cat – poses the question of when exactly quantum superposition ends and reality collapses into one possibility or the other.

So maybe there’s an analogy between Quantum mechanics, humans, our emotions, or at least the physical symptoms we call emotions (see previous article on this blog).  We can love and hate someone at the same time.  Want to live and die simultaneously. Be thrilled and scared. Want to run toward something and away from it.

Posted by Jack

Observing is an Operation.

… which leads to Yuck.
An ideal band, whoever is in the lineup… ideal doesn’t come around often.
From her sway with the Telecaster bass.
To the seemingly lackadaisical but skintight drums (… in Quantum Superposition…)
The regular octave jumps. The extra chord on the final chorus.

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