Posted by: Dr Churchill | May 16, 2019

Uncertainty Principles

We always want more…

Some folks — myself included — always seek more knowledge, as seekers of wisdom always do…

Some other people seek more material goods as needy souls always do…

Yet some others seek both, since for the hoi-polloi, the furthering of knowledge is akin to a furthering of wealth…

But for me, knowledge is a further freeing up of “Prometheus” from the chains of ignorance and hate…

A “Theft of Fire” so to speak.

And it’s a freeing experience, because knowledge is a mirror of the freedom that we always seek.

Further, it is only through wisdom that it becomes possible to attain such a measure of freedom that justifies the Free-Will that has been promised to us by the Good Lord and Saviour — our God…

And that I believe, is what most of us grog, deep inside our gut — even though we cannot coherently describe it, or even spell it out…

Yet we know that the reason we’ve got that something else going on,  is because wisdom and philosophy, empower us — yet that is a much bigger something than that.

And that is that we’ve got life and hunger for LOVE in our hearts that is greater than any hunger for life’s simplicity or complexity, and at the same time greater than the thirsting for Love’s fulfillment in this lifetime. And that is a stronger motivator to be a seeker, than any brain software, religious precept, smart principle, or belief system would have you following your search for Meaning and Purpose in this Life and beyond.

And for all that thirst — what we get in return is a repository of a vast and all too human plain old, uncertainty. Uncertainty that will make your teeth hurt. The man uncertainty variety that keeps people up at night and debilitates the greatest minds, as it causes the greatest rulers to refrain from decision making…

Because this type of human uncertainty, is akin to fear, love, or any other force to be reckoned with, or to be deeply understood, as we understand the Heisenberg principle of uncertainty in mathematical physics.

For those of you in the know — Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle clearly states that you cannot measure both position and momentum of a particle to a precise value, at the same instant of time — hence, there will always be a great deal of uncertainty in either of the complementary measurement of the particle in question movement.

In contrast to Heisenberg, my “Uncertainty Principle” is about the human interactions and the depth of the fabric of our lives, and as such it states, that all phenomena that determine the course of our lives have an uncertain outcome that thought, belief and chance action can coordinate to a different outcome based on the interconnections we have with other human beings…

Indeed I arrived at that conclusion, because my own life was headed in one direction, and despite all of my efforts to keep it on this earlier proscribed course — it is now headed in an altogether different direction, and yesterday I dutifully observed this as a third course. A new course, that I would have never guessed that I would have taken. Yet this is done based on what I did today, and I am completely satisfied, because the forces at work that reshuffle our fortunes, the time and the space we occupy, and the momentum of our lives that can shape and alter who we are, and even who we imagine ourselves to be, are far greater than any of our meticulous plans, our designs, or our destiny’s velocity and our life’s concerns.

The chaotic aspect of our lives that is given up to chance is proven by the spaghetti style map of the pathway from our birth till our death, which seems to be for all of us a singular signature piece of abstract art, or another plate of spaghetti at the corner Italian joint.

But we’ve got to add meatballs into that spaghetti bowl, because that signifies the people that we meet along the way, and they change us drastically.

Because it seems that our lives and our choices, much like quantum trajectories are understood to change with each chance encounter with other human beings that meaningfully intervene, interfere, or even play messenger, in our lives.

And since our constant iterative encounters with random people, always suggest a new potential direction, and a start of a new chapter of our life. Or in similar number of cases, these encounters signify the closing of one chapter and the opening of a door that leads to a radically different potential direction. And while all that holds true, from the momentary brush with destiny, carried in the wings of a butterfly, masquerading as a person on whose “wings” the present moment map of our destiny rests — it is still very difficult for people to accept.

So let us refresh the Quantum Physics here:

In quantum mechanics, the uncertainty principle known as Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, is any of a variety of mathematical inequalities asserting a fundamental limit to the precision with which certain pairs of physical properties of a particle, known as complementary variables or canonically conjugate variables such as position x and momentum p, can be known.

Introduced first in 1927, by the German physicist Werner Heisenberg, it states that the more precisely the position of some particle is determined, the less precisely its momentum can be known, and vice versa. The formal inequality relating the standard deviation of position σx and the standard deviation of momentum σp was derived by Earle Hesse Kennard later that year and by Hermann Weyl in 1928:

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Historically, the uncertainty principle has been confused with a related effect in physics, called the observer effect, which notes that measurements of certain systems cannot be made without affecting the systems, that is, without changing something in a system. Heisenberg utilized such an observer effect at the quantum level as a physical “explanation” of quantum uncertainty. It has since become clearer, however, that the uncertainty principle is inherent in the properties of all wave-like systems, and that it arises in quantum mechanics simply due to the matter wave nature of all quantum objects.

Thus, the uncertainty principle actually states a fundamental property of quantum systems and is not a statement about the observational success of current technology. It must be emphasized that measurement does not mean only a process in which a physicist-observer takes part, but rather any interaction between classical and quantum objects regardless of any observer.

Since the uncertainty principle is such a basic result in quantum physics, typical experiments in quantum mechanics routinely observe aspects of it. Certain experiments, however, may deliberately test a particular form of the uncertainty principle as part of their main research program. These include, for example, tests of number–phase uncertainty relations in superconducting or quantum optics systems. Applications dependent on the uncertainty principle for their operation include extremely low-noise technology such as that required in gravitational wave interferometers.

As for my human destiny’s uncertainty principle, it stands in clear contrast with the Heisenberg uncertainty principle which states that it is impossible to know simultaneously the exact position and the momentum of a particle, because, the more exactly we determine the position, the momentum becomes less determined, and vice versa, whereas for humans the position & velocity of our lives, can be determined fairly exactly, but never the swings of the human momentum, nor the human destiny’s always changing positions, pendulum.

A dynamic equilibrium indeed…

Yours,

Dr Churchill

PS:

If the maps of our lives are not entirely of our own design — then it follows that our destiny is not entirely written by us either.

Death triggers changes beyond measure in life, but love seems to transcend death and thus we are only immortal through the power of Love alone.

And if indeed, our lives are not entirely our own, regardless of free will, simply because from beginning to the end we are intertwined with others from our past and from our present, whereby through each act of kindness, act of indifference, or act of hate — we create our own future. And as all major religions and spiritual practices decree that Karma is beyond our lives, and even well beyond death, which is only a door that allows us to imagine a heaven, and hell — we best be ready for all eventualities longing to arrive in our lives.

Therefore, I prefer to imagine death as a door. A simple end of journey “Arrivals” door opening and behind it, I would find love waiting for me there … without a sign claiming that I’ve arrived in a place called Paradise or not.

Love or the absence of it — clearly reveals what kind of place that “Arrivals” terminal at the end of our journey of life might be.

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