quantum uncertainty

At the quantum level our universe can be seen as an indeterminate place, predictable in a statistical way only when you employ large enough numbers. Between that universe and a relatively predictable one where the passage of a single planet can be timed to a picosecond, other forces come into play. For the in-between universe where we find our daily lives, that which you believe is a dominant force. Your beliefs order the unfolding of daily events. If enough of us believe, a new thing can be made to exist. Belief structure creates a filter through which chaos is sifted into order.
—  Frank Herbert, Heretics of Dune
Normal Horoscope:

Aries: Nobody tells you that eating wild seeds will cause the plant to sprout in your stomach. The process is always lethal. Practice wild fruit safety.

Taurus: Analog recording devices are surprisingly sensitive. Listen to your old tapes again and hear the tiny voices that whisper along with the song.

Gemini: With hard work and determination people are capable of amazing things. Live your dream of eating an entire library.

Cancer: “Quantum Uncertainty” is not a legally valid excuse for murder unless you are a quark. You’re bothering the prosecutor.

Leo: Contemplation and introspection are not the same thing. People say words but hear feelings.

Virgo: An orgy is only as good as the weakest link.

Libra: Distracted driving is lethal but painless, you were thinking of other things.

Scorpio: Never let the days blend into one another. Nail the morning to the floor. Crucify the day.

Ophiuchus: We, as a species, have almost set the atmosphere on fire several times. Yet, we are still here.

Sagittarius: The comfort you need can be an insane confusing terrifying thing. Comfort isn’t all hugs and hot chocolate. 

Capricorn: Dream big, but always remember where the exits are in case of a fire.

Aquarius: Know that something, somewhere, terrifies the living shit out of your demons.

Pisces: The longest studied and greatest masters are nothing compared to a supreme feat of improvised bullshit


Proof Of ‘God Playing Dice With The Universe’ Found In The Sun’s Interior

“If it weren’t for the quantum nature of every particle in the Universe, and the fact that their positions are described by wavefunctions with an inherent quantum uncertainty to their position, this overlap that enables nuclear fusion to occur would never have happened. The overwhelming majority of today’s stars in the Universe would never have ignited, including our own. Rather than a world and a sky alight with the nuclear fires burning across the cosmos, our Universe would be desolate and frozen, with the vast majority of stars and solar systems unlit by anything other than a cold, rare, distant starlight.

It’s the power of quantum mechanics that allows the Sun to shine. In a fundamental way, if God didn’t play dice with the Universe, the nuclear flame that powers the stars would never light, and the life-giving fusion that occurs in our Sun’s core would never come to be. Yet with this randomness, we win the cosmic lottery all the time, to the continuous tune of hundreds of Yottawatts of power. Thanks to the fundamental quantum uncertainty inherent in the Universe, we’ve achieved a chance at existence. Fiat lux.”

Inside the nuclear furnace of the Sun, protons and other atomic nuclei are compressed together into a tiny region of space, where the incredible temperatures and energies try to overcome the repulsive forces of their electric charges. At a maximum temperature of 15 million K, and with a long-tailed (Poisson) distribution of energies at the highest end, we can compute how many protons are energetic enough to overcome the Coulomb barrier, interact with one another, and wind up in a more tightly-bound, fused state. That number, if you do that calculation, turns out to be exactly zero. When you consider that 95% of stars are less massive and reach lower core temperatures than our Sun, the situation appears to be even more dire. If there were no quantum mechanics, nuclear fusion would be an impossibility. Yet we’re saved by a feature of quantum indeterminism, where spread-out wavefunctions can overlap, and nuclear fusion as we know it can proceed.

If Einstein and Bohr knew how the Sun worked, they could have settled the question of whether “God plays dice” with the Universe once and for all. Find out the answer today!

There are also hints that smell is a quantum sense. Our noses appear to work by sensing the natural vibration frequencies of the bonds between atoms in molecules. Those frequencies determine whether a smell receptor is switched on and sends a signal to the brain. The best explanation for experimental observations involves an electron using a phenomenon known as quantum uncertainty to tunnel through a seemingly impenetrable barrier. Essentially, it borrows energy from the universe in order to leap across an empty space in the smell receptors and trigger the brain’s sense of smell. As long as it returns the energy quickly enough, the electron can use as much as it needs. This “quantum tunnelling” phenomenon is also at the heart of modern electronics.“

Then there’s the navigation trick birds use for migration. Studies of the European robin (and the robin had to wear a cute little eyepatch during this research) suggest that a particular configuration of a molecule in the robin’s retina – a configuration that can only be explained by the rules of quantum theory – allows the bird to sense Earth’s magnetic field and thus determine the direction in which it should fly.


Michael Brooks, Five discoveries taking science by surprise | Science | The Observer

What about precognition? That’s how I sense what’s coming and which way to fly.

veliseraptor  asked:

oh man I'm asking for trouble. LOKI, TIME LOOP/TIME TRAVEL

An adolescent Loki, still a century or so short of his majority, discovers a time travel spell in a forbidden grimoire, and desperately wishes to try it. Of course, time magic is illegal, so he has to be cautious; he ultimately chooses to go down to Midgard to test the spell, since it’s a backwater realm and not densely populated. It’s a fair place for a test run, and one where he’s unlikely to cause a paradox by running into his future self – after all, what possible reason would he have for wanting to go to Midgard?

Of course, the premise of the spell is imperfect. It’s theoretical, and has never worked. But in his studies, Loki thinks he finds the problem – the key to making it functional. So he modifies the enchantment. 

But the spell exists in a kind of quantum uncertainty, where casting it creates a bifurcated timeline; in one branch he succeeds, and leaves the timeline; in the other he does not, and remains in his present.

Loki however, wants to discover what destiny lies in store for him, and the exploits of his future self. Traveling to a future in a world he hasn’t occupied is useless to him – so he modifies the spell even further, to forcibly merge the timelines.

Unfortunately, this creates a massive quantum instability of a universe where there are two Lokis, and where the spell simultaneously failed and succeeded (The one Loki who time-traveled, and the other Loki who only remembers the spell not working and getting yelled at for a long time for trying when the Allfather found out).

And of course, the younger Loki – the one who traveled – is now on Midgard in the modern day, and is attacked and taken into custody by the Avengers for reasons he doesn’t understand.

It’s a strange and terrifying future, and he is beginning to have regrets. But he manages to convince the Midgardians that he isn’t who they think he is once Thor of all people turns up. Why his brother’s future self is spending time on Midgard, Loki also can’t fathom, but he’s relieved to see him all the same.

And Thor…

Thor’s heart is swelling and breaking all at once as the truth emerges, because this is the brother he remembers. This is his Loki; before it all went wrong. And now his friends can see how his brother once was, when he was witty and clever and hadn’t been lost to madness and cruelty.

But the Loki who has been lost – the mad and cruel Loki – is still at large. There are two Lokis now: past and present, and their simultaneous existence is weakening the fabric of reality. All too quickly, younger!Loki realizes that he can’t go back, either – if he goes back to the origin point of the spell, that conscious version of him will cease to exist as the timelines collapse, and only the version who grew into the Loki-who-fell will remain. 

And Loki doesn’t want to stop existing; doesn’t want to die

But the universe is tearing itself apart. There can only be one Loki. And so he comes up with a plan.

Loki is going to kill his other self.

micahaphone  asked:

If the Gentry were to drop in on a physics class, how would they feel about it? Electricity or the irregular time of relativity. I'm guessing they'd be bemused by relativity? "Of course time is not constant". Or the uncertainty of quantum mechanics?

Actually weirdly enough I think you might reach a point of quantum weirdness where the Gentry start to come back round to it as a reasonable approach to life

i hate quantum physics it makes no goddamn sense

if you stack two polarizing filters at 90 degree angles, they will block 100% of the light trying to come through…. but if you add a third filter between them at 45 degrees suddenly it lets light through and because of quantum uncertainty theres no way to determine wgich photons are blocked and which ones arent in any given arrangement of any given number of filters

Equation #11: Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle

Anyone who is not shocked by Quantum Mechanics has not quite understood it”-Niels Bohr

I agree Mr. Bohr, QM does blow your mind. The uncertainty principle is one of those things that prove that our perception of the world is limited. Anything in the universe can be both wave and particle at the same time and that puts a limit to how accurate our measurements can be.
What that means in our context is that, if you try to measure the velocity(or momentum) of a particle as well as its position at the same instant, you cannot have exact values of both. If you measure position accurately, the value of velocity will have some uncertainty associated with it and vice a versa. 

The reason we don’t observe this phenomenon in everyday life is is that the uncertainty values are very, very tiny. A person moving with a velocity of say, 5 km/hr (+or - 0.05 km/hr) and weighing 60 kg will have the uncertainty in position = 1.8 * 10^-35 meters! That’s smaller than the radius of an atomic nucleus. However, when you go into the realm of lightweight, superfast entities(like subatomic particles), the uncertainties get larger and can have a significant effect on the macroscopic properties of an object. 

The uncertainty principle applies to a number of pair of observables other than momentum and position. Most common example is that of energy-time which explains the working of Strong force, according to some theories.

It is important to understand that this fundamental limit is not due to experimental errors, rather a phenomenon of nature itself.

You cannot predict, even theoretically, the exact values of two so called “incompatible” quantities simultaneously.

For uncertainty principle in action, see

For more clarification, see


Modernity Reading List


John Calvin (16th c.) †
Institutes of the Christian Religion


Rene Descartes (17th c.)  †
Discourse on the Method
The Geometry (WoM 1.II.)

Gottfried Liebniz (17th - 18th c.)
Discourse on Metaphysics

Spinoza (17th c.)

Empiricism and Idealism:

Hobbes (17th c.)

Locke (17th c.)
Essay Concerning Human Understanding

Berkeley (17th - 18th c.) †
Treatsie concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge

Hume (18th c.)
Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

Kant (18th c.)
Critique of Pure Reason

Hegel (18th - 19th c.)
Phenomenology of the Spirit

Mill (19th c.)
A System of Logic

Modern Science:

Francis Bacon (16th -17th c.)
Novum Organon

Galilei (16th - 17th c.) †
Mathematics of Motion

Boyle (17th c.) †
The Sceptical Chymist
Excellence of Theology compared with Natural Philosophy
Some Considerations about the Reconcileableness of Reason and Religion, with a Discourse about the Possibility of the Resurrection
The Christian Virtuoso

Newton (17th - 18th c.)
Principia Mathematica
On the Binomial Theorem (WoM 1.III.)

D. Bernoulli (18th c.)
Kinetic Theory of Gases

Euler (18th c.) †
Seven Bridges of Konisberg (WoM 1.IIII.)
Letters to a German Princess

Late ‘Modern’ Science:

Laplace (18th - 19thc.)
Exposition du système du monde
Concerning Probability

Faraday (18th-19th c.) †
Chemical History of Candles

Lord Kelvin (William Thompson) (19th c.) †
Treatsie on Natural Philosophy & Elements of Natural Philosophy (co-author Tait)
The Wave Theory of Light

Maxwell (19th c.) †
Treatsie on Electricity & Magnetism

Boltzmann (19th c.)
Kinetic Theory of Gases

Mach (19th c.)
Analysis of Sensations

von Helmholtz, H. (19th c.)
On the Conservation of Force
On the Origin an Significance of Geometric Axioms (WoM 1.IV.)

De Morgan (19th c.)
On the Study and Difficulties of Mathematics
The Group Concept
The Constants of Nature (WoM 2.V)
The New Law of Gravitation and the Old (WoM 2.V)
The Theory of Groups


Periodic Law of the Chemical Elements (WoM 2.V)

Mendel †
Mathematics of Heredity (WoM 2.V)

Irrational Numbers (WoM 1.III.)
World of Mathematics
3.XI.: Mathematical Truth and the Structure of Mathematics
3.XII: The Mathematical Way of Thinking



Beyond Good and Evil
Thus Spoke Zarathustra 

The Myth of Sisyphus


Principia Mathematica
Why I am not a Christian
History of Philosophy
Mathematics and the Metaphysicians
On the Definition of Number (WoM 1.III.)

Mathematics as an Element in the History of Thought (WoM 1.II.)

Logico-Political Tractatus
Philosophical Investigations


How We Think




20th c. 'New’ Science:

Science and Hypothesis
Science and Method
Mathematical Creation


Atomic Physics and Human Knowledge

Physics and Beyond
The Physical Principles of Quantum Theory
The Uncertainty Principle (WoM 2.V)

Heredity and Quantum Theory (WoM 2.V)
Causality and Wave Mechanics (WoM 2.V)

A Mathematician’s Apology

Von Neumann
The Mathematician

Projective Geometry (WoM 1.IV.)

The World of Parmenides

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

How to Solve It


20th c. (category?):

Philosophy, God, and Motion

The Meaning of Conservatism
Sexual Desire
How to Be A Conservative

After Virtue

The Decline of the West

A Study of History

Clash of Civilizations

The Crisis of Western Philosophy: Against the Positivists

This list still needs work. Some authors don’t have works added to them yet. 20th c. section is scrambled.
Also WoM stands for World of Mathematics, a 4 volume set released in the 20th century.
No apologies for the science-heaviness of the list.

anonymous asked:

Obviously we should all just not watch anything from foreign countries at all, in order to not be colonialist

no no to avoid call outs you have to exist in a state of quantum uncertainty where you neither interact nor not interact with any other cultures

Rundown of Bill’s AMA


Things to take away from the AMA:

  • Stanley is indeed named Stanley
  • Dipper has an embarrassing first name
  • Bill seems to have a serious grudge with the CIA
  • He doesn’t procreate but he considers the 7 deadly sins his “children”
  • He’s over 1000 years old
  • He once had a family
  • There are two Stans (Stanley and Stanford)
  • When asked if he was once a human being, he referenced his time in Dipper’s body.
  • “Stanley made enough mistakes without my help!”
  • Gompers may have once been “not a goat”, considering Bill likes him “better this way”
  • the guy on the other side of the mailbox in the woods is a “real blabbermouth”
  • Stan’s tattoo means “watch your step” at least for Bill. This may clue in to what people already guessed; it’s a ward to keep out Bill Cipher.
  • When asked about Dipper needing to be cleansed to be rid of Bill for good and wondering if Bill still has a connection to Dipper, Bill replied with saying that religion isn’t real and to have “pleasant dreams”.
  • Bill knows Slenderman, stating that he used to not be so slender.
  • The tapestry of Bill has been around a while, made by the natives of Gravity Falls.
  • Bill makes a “weird” pass at Wendy’s mom by quoting a Fountains of Wayne.
  • Going by the above, it can be assumed that Bill Cipher is, indeed, the invisible wizard.
  • Bill has a lot of nasty things to say about Time Baby. They aren’t on good terms.
  • “Tad Strange” is confirmed as a character by Bill, who calls him a “real square”.
  • Bill exists in a state of quantum uncertainty.
  • Bill can see all alternate realities of himself, making those AUs essentially canon.
  • Bill concedes to a loophole in his design, stating that he is in fact, not all powerful, but he dresses to try and achieve a “promotion”.
  • Chicks dig psychopaths, and his fan girls should make a throne for him in the Nevada desert. 
  • Bill hates puns.
  • AND MANY MORE IM SURE but these seemed like the “most important”.