Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A New Sort of Question

In physics, it is not possible to find both the position and velocity of an electron. When one pins the velocity down, the location disappears. This is the nature of how electrons exist.

I have studied science from a few angles over the past few years. One of my students accused me of having a scientific and literary mind. I don't know if I agree with that. I'm beginning to think that one cannot know both the velocity and sound of one hand clapping. By answering one the other necessarily disappears.

Perhaps the trick is to be able to switch between these two minds at all? I can suddenly see how neither and both answers are true.


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